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Britain Ascendant : Studies in British and Franco-British Economic History: Comparative Studies in Franco-British Economic History - Francois Crouzet

Britain Ascendant

Studies in British and Franco-British Economic History: Comparative Studies in Franco-British Economic History

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Published: 31st January 2008
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Franqois Crouzet has devoted much of his life to the study of European industrialisation, and in Britain ascendant he draws together a series of essays, written in the course of his career and now thoroughly revised, examining the rise of Britain to the position of dominance in the world economy of the nineteenth century, and the concomitant decline of France. This theme is explored from several angles, and the crucial question of 'why was Britain first?' discussed extensively. Special attention is paid to the problems of capital formation, foreign trade and the consequences of empire, but the political and military vicissitudes of the 'second One Hundred Years War' (1689-1815) and their economic implications are not neglected. In the concluding chapters of Britain ascendant Professor Crouzet examines some more contemporary aspects of Anglo-French economic relations. Throughout the book conventional wisdom is attacked and new views proposed of central issues like the linkages between the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution. The approach is systematically comparative, and draws on Professor Crouzet's unparalleled knowledge of the economic structure and organisation of both Britain and France at the onset of industrialisation.

"The standard of the papers included in this volume is extremely high. The value of his work lies most of all in its explicit and sensitive use of international comparisons, which has done much over the years to illuminate discussions of British industrialization. The book should be widely used..." The Times Literay Supplement "Crouzet was almost unique among French historians of the 1960s in his engagement with the complex problem of the takeoff of British industrialization. He has participated in the debate with a group of mostly British scholars who for a generation raised interesting questions about when and why nations industrialized. And, unlike most historians on both sides of the channel, he has shown a real interest in how the British and French understand and misunderstand each other. This book well expresses this historian's project and should be of value to those seeking a better understanding of it." Gary Cross, Journal of Modern History

Introduction
England and France in the eighteenth century: a comparative analysis of two economic growths
Criticisms and self-criticisms of a comparison
When the Mediterranean looked to England
The sources of England's wealth: some French views in the eighteenth century
Capital formation in Great Britain during the Industrial Revolution
Great Britain's response to the French Revolution and to Napoleon
Wars, blockade, and economic change in Europe, 1792-1815
variations on the North Atlantic Triangle from York-town to Waterloo
Western Europe and Great Britain: 'catching up' in the first half of the nineteenth century
Trade and empire: the British experience from the establishment of free trade until the First World War
British coal in France in the nineteenth century
The core and the periphery of the core: Franco-british trade in the belle Tpoque
Problems of communication between Britain and france in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Index
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ISBN: 9780521344340
ISBN-10: 0521344344
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 524
Published: 31st January 2008
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.33
Weight (kg): 0.93