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Exceptionalism and Industrialisation : Britain and its European Rivals, 1688-1815 - Leandro Prados de la Escosura

Exceptionalism and Industrialisation

Britain and its European Rivals, 1688-1815

Hardcover Published: 17th June 2004
ISBN: 9780521793049
Number Of Pages: 352

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This book explores the question of British exceptionalism in the period from the Glorious Revolution to the Congress of Vienna. Leading historians examine why Great Britain emerged from years of sustained competition with its European rivals in a discernible position of hegemony in the domains of naval power, empire, global commerce, agricultural efficiency, industrial production, fiscal capacity and advanced technology. They deal with Britain's unique path to industrial revolution and distinguish four themes on the interactions between its emergence as a great power and as the first industrial nation. First, they highlight growth and industrial change, the interconnections between agriculture, foreign trade and industrialisation. Second, they examine technological change and, especially, Britain's unusual inventiveness. Third, they study her institutions and their role in facilitating economic growth. Fourth and finally, they explore British military and naval supremacy, showing how this was achieved and how it contributed to Britain's economic supremacy.

'... splendidly informative and thought provoking tribute to a great economic historian.' Times Literary Supplement 'We are brought to the very brink of a new phase of research by this highly significant and suggestive volume.' Business History '... consistently interesting and focused. This book is an important collection'. History

Introduction: Was British industrialisation exceptional? Leandro Prados de la Escosura
The Origins of British Primacy
Britain's economic ascendancy in European context
Comparative patterns of colonial trade: Britain and its rivals
Agriculture and Industrialisation
European farmers and the British 'agricultural revolution'
Precocious British industrialization: a general equilibrium perspective
Technological Change
The European origins of British technological dominance
Invention in the Industrial Revolution: the case of cotton textiles
Continental responses to British innovations in the iron industry during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
Institutions and Growth
The monetary, financial and political architecture of Europe, 1648-1815
Towards the comparative fiscal history of Britain and France during the 'long' eighteenth century
Money and economic development in eighteenth-century England
War and Hegemony
Naval power: what gave the British naval superiority?
Conclusions: Institutional change and British supremacy, 1650-1850: some reflections
Laudatio Patritii: Patrick O'Brien and European economic history
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ISBN: 9780521793049
ISBN-10: 0521793041
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.69