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Studies in Capital Formation in the United Kingdom 1750-1920 - Charles H. Feinstein

Studies in Capital Formation in the United Kingdom 1750-1920

By: Charles H. Feinstein (Editor), Sidney Pollard (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th March 1988
ISBN: 9780198284086
Number Of Pages: 352

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Capital formation plays a large part in any evaluation of economic growth and decline. In recent years the provision of capital in the British industrial revolution has received renewed attention. This interest arises out of attempts to trace the course and explain the progress of the pioneer industrializing country; to assess the reasons for Britain's subsequent loss of economic pre-eminence; and to explain the process of industrialization in a general way, in particular on behalf of countries which are in the midst of this process today.The debate has been largely theoretical because of the lack of reliable data for the period prior to 1850, and up-to-date estimates for the period thereafter. This book seeks to remedy this lack. Part I, based largely on archival and other primary sources, contains detailed studies of the amount of capital invested in the main sectors of the economy (coal mining, agriculture, textiles, roads and waterways) from 1750-1850. Part II provides for the first time a comprehensive set of estimates compiled on a consistent basis for the entire period from 1750-1920. It thus provides the foundation for a full study of capital accumulation in Britain from the industrial revolution to the First World War.

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"Feinstein displays his multifarious sources and his methods of estimation very fully. His achievement is aremarkable tour de force, which economic historians must greet with equal admiration and gratitude."--Victorian Studies

"The book represents an extraordinary achievement. The estimates are derived with unbelievable care, and one sets the book down in the belief that there are simply no scraps of archival information that have been left untouched and that there are no economic historians who know better how to use them...Historians of the British economy must go out and buy the book. It will remain a key reference for many years to come."--Modern Europe

List of Contributorsp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Appendix Tablesp. xv
List of Figuresp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Sectoral Studies
Agriculture, 1770-1860p. 9
Coal Mining, 1750-1850p. 35
The Iron Industry, 1750-1850p. 73
The Cotton Industry, 1775-1856p. 105
The Wool Textile Industry, 1780-1850p. 126
The Corn Milling Industry, 1750-1820p. 141
Fixed Capital Formation in Steam Power, 1775-1825 A Case Study of the Boulton and Watt Enginep. 164
Roads and Waterways, 1750-1850p. 182
The Insurance Policiesp. 225
National Statistics, 1760-1920: Sources and Methods of Estimation for Domestic Reproducible Fixed Assets, Stocks and Works in Progress, Overseas Assets, and Land
Introduction to Part IIp. 258
Agriculturep. 267
Mining and Quarryingp. 281
Manufacturingp. 286
Gas, Water, and Electricity Supply Undertakingsp. 302
Distribution and Other Servicesp. 307
Transport and Communicationsp. 312
Public and Social Servicesp. 355
Residential Dwellingsp. 379
Stocks and Work in Progress, Overseas Assets, and Landp. 391
Indices of Rentp. 405
Gross Annual Value of Dwellings and of Industrial and Commercial Buildingsp. 411
Relationship between the Gross Stock of Dwellings and the Gross Annual Value Assesed to Taxp. 420
Tables I-XXIIIp. 425
Indexp. 472
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ISBN: 9780198284086
ISBN-10: 019828408X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 10th March 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.05  x 3.66
Weight (kg): 0.92

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