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Progress and Poverty : An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850 - M. J. Daunton

Progress and Poverty

An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850

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Previous textbooks on 18th and 19th century Britain have tended to be written either from a social and political standpoint, or about economics in the abstract, as if the history could be reduced to statistical analysis. The aim of this book is to incorporate the revisionist work on British economic growth, which deals impersonally in broad national aggregates, with the work of social and political historians. It stresses the connections between the economy and debates over public policy, and examines the regional variations in agriculture and industry, with particular attention to the differences between England and Scotland. Much revisionist work concerns the operation of assumed national markets; the aim of the book is to show how these markets were formed, and how a national economy was created. The British economy underwent major strucrual change over the period from 1700 to 1850, as population moved from agriculture and rural life to industry and towns.
Martin Danton gives a clear and balanced picture of the continuity and change in the early development of the world's first industrial nation. His book will become prescribed reading for all students of 18th and 19th century British history, and for economists studying the industrial revolution.

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Superb and wide-ranging survey of a fast changing field. Dr C. J. Schmitz, Lecturer in Modern History, University of St. Andrew's `a timely and largely successful attempt to rehumanize modern British economic history by reintegrating it with its social and political cousins...Daunton's integrative approach is most valuable...style is lucid and lively, and his explanations of even the most arcane institutions and concepts are models of clarity...Postgraduates and specialists should relish both its ambitious scope and its fine tuning.' Economic History Review `This is a lot of book for the money. Well over 600 pages for less than £15 is good value. It is not only volume that one is purchasing but also a quality product. It combines an excellent synthesis of the most recent work on the classic industrial revolution period with the author's own perceptive insights and interconnections...Each chapter is simply and clearly written, making it very accessible to students as well as more widely read scholars, and yet each contains a sophisticated analysis drawing on economic concepts and terms and spelling out mechanisms by which economic relationships occured. Daunton is excellent at explaining complicated issues...the book is greatly to be welcomed. It will be a great boon to students and a good read for scholars. I look forward to volume II' Business History `Daunton has written a work of grand synthesis and sustained argument, which will be read and reread by professionals and students alike. The book is well produced, with convenient notes and excellent bibliographies, and is a signal achievement not least because its author has rescued so many important findings from highly technical studies and made them part of a story told in lucid, attractive prose. Both admirers and critics will want a sequel.' G.F. Steckley, Knox College, Choice, March 1996 Vol.33 No.7

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction: the Possibilities of Growthp. 1
Notesp. 19
Further Readingp. 21
Agriculture and Rural Societyp. 23
Agricultural Production: the Limits of Growth?p. 25
Conclusionp. 56
Notesp. 57
Further Readingp. 58
The Rise of the Great Estates and the Decline of the Yeomanp. 61
Notesp. 87
Further Readingp. 88
Open Fields and Enclosure: the Demise of Commonalityp. 92
Notesp. 117
Further Readingp. 119
Industry and Urban Societyp. 123
Diversities of Industrializationp. 125
Notesp. 145
Further Readingp. 146
The Domestic System of Manufacturesp. 148
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 170
Further Readingp. 171
The Coming of the Factoryp. 201
Furnaces, Forges, and Minesp. 206
Conclusionp. 232
Further Readingp. 234
Capital and Credit: Financing Industrializationp. 260
Further Readingp. 261
Integrating the Economyp. 265
Integration and Specializationp. 267
Notesp. 283
Further Readingp. 283
Transportp. 285
Notesp. 314
Conclusionp. 314
Merchants and Marketingp. 318
Conclusionp. 338
Notesp. 338
Further Readingp. 339
Banks and Moneyp. 342
Conclusionp. 357
Notesp. 358
Further Readingp. 359
Further Readingp. 361
Further Readingp. 382
Further Readingp. 383
Poverty, Prosperity, and Populationp. 385
Births, Marriages, and Deathsp. 387
Notesp. 415
Further Readingp. 416
The Standard of Living and the Social History of Wagesp. 441
Poor Relief and Charityp. 447
Notesp. 471
Further Readingp. 472
Public Policy and the Statep. 475
The Visible Hand: the State and the Economyp. 477
Notesp. 502
Further Readingp. 503
Taxation and Public Financep. 507
Further Readingp. 530
Further Readingp. 530
Notesp. 557
Further Readingp. 558
Conclusionp. 565
Notesp. 566
Chronologyp. 567
Statistical Appendixp. 573
Indexp. 591
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ISBN: 9780198222811
ISBN-10: 0198222815
Series: Economic & Social History of Britain
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 638
Published: 1st June 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 1.1