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Paradoxical Harvest : Energy and explanation in British History, 1870-1914 - Richard N. Adams

Paradoxical Harvest

Energy and explanation in British History, 1870-1914

Paperback Published: 3rd January 1983
ISBN: 9780521288668
Number Of Pages: 156

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This book is a study of the relationship between the use of energy in society and the general pattern of development in Great Britain during the 1870-1914 era. Professor Adams argues that Britain's apparent 'decline' in this period was not in fact a decline but a levelling off in capacity to do work, a result of the country's collective decision to invest more heavily abroad than at home. This pattern accords with Lotka's general energetic principle of natural selection. Specifically, Britain found it necessary to invest abroad, thereby creating an industrial environment for its own products and giving the impetus to other industrial nations - especially the United States and Germany - to seriously threaten Britain's primary position in industry and trade. The book should be of interest to those concerned with development, economic growth, energy and society, cultural development, and in general to specialists in anthropology, sociology, European and British history, economics and economic history.

List of figures and tables
A historical overview, 1870-1914
Concepts and theory
The levelling off of energy consumption
The world structure expands
Triggering flows: trade, investment and invisibles
Triggering flows: skills
The case of grain agriculture
Advantages at home
The regulatory weakness of government
The relation of human energy to non-human energy
Appendix: obtaining human energy sectors
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ISBN: 9780521288668
ISBN-10: 0521288665
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 156
Published: 3rd January 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.24