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The Fibre that Changed the World : The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990s - Douglas Farnie

The Fibre that Changed the World

The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990s

By: Douglas Farnie (Editor), David Jeremy (Editor)

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Cotton has been a vital industry for many nations. Always it has been a vehicle for factory-based production and associated industrialization. Subsequently it has frequently served as a focus for the readjustment of mature industrial economies. This volume offers new perspectives on an industry of global significance. These perspectives include an in-depth analysis of major trends in the history of the industry. One group of essays sets the industry in global context, a second group undertakes a detailed survey of eight different states, including the major players in the world league of cotton textile producers. The essays have been written by an international group of 15 authors. Three large questions are addressed in this volume. How did the industry spread across the world? What impact did it have? How did its global reach change over time? In tackling these questions the authors have thrown new light upon such topics as rural manufacture, technological change, business organization and management, distributive networks and mercantile enterprise, state policies, international competition, and the industry's role in promoting economic growth. The data and the views presented offer a range of challenges to currently-accepted interpretations, not least the depreciation of the role of the industry during British industrialisation and the myth of the destructive impact of western competition upon the craft industries of Asia. The work concludes with a pioneering and wide-ranging historical and global bibliography of the industry which supplements the literature cited in the 18 individual essays and also serves as a comparative introduction to specialist national histories. Volumes 1 to 13 in Pasold Studies in Textile History series may be ordered from www.maney.co.uk. Please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

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This volume sets a new yardstick for future research on the cotton industry, from early modern times to the present. The editors have brought an international perspective to a research area too long dominated by national or regional studies. Enterprise & Society offers many insights on contrasting trajectories of growth. Susan Wolcott, Journal of Economic History a welcome addition to the literature on cotton. It also provides a useful example to economic historians working on other industries. Economic History Review

1: The Industry in Global Context 1: Douglas A. Farnie and David J. Jeremy: The Role of Cotton as a World Power, 1780-1990 2: Douglas A. Farnie: The Role of Merchants as Prime Movers in the Expansion of the Cotton Industry, 1760-1990 3: John Singleton: The Lancashire Cotton Industry, the Royal Navy and the British Empire 4: David J. Jeremy: The International Diffusion of Cotton Manufacturing Technology, 1750-1990s 5: Gary Saxonhouse and Gavin Wright: Technological Evolution in Cotton Spinning, 1878-1933 6: David J. Jeremy: International Changes in Cotton Manufacturing Productivity, 1830s-1950s 7: David J. Jeremy: Organization and Management in the Global Cotton Industry, 1800s-1990s 2: The Industry in Europe and the USA 8: James Thomson: Technology Transfer to the Catalan Cotton Industry: From Calico Printing to the Self-Acting Mule 9: Alfons van der Kraan: The Birth of the Dutch Cotton Industry, 1830-1840 10: Stephan H. Lindner: It Could Have Been Worse: The West German Cotton Industry, 1945-1990 11: Stuart Thompstone: The Russian Technical Society and British Textile Machinery Imports 12: Joshua Rosenbloom: Path Dependence and the Origins of Cotton Textile Manufacturing in New England 3: The Industry in Asia 13: Douglas A. Farnie: The Role of the Cotton Industry in the Economic Development of India, 1600-1990 14: Linda Grove: Rural Manufacture in China's Cotton Industry, 1890-1990 15: Takeshi Abe: Organizational Changes in the Japanese Cotton Industry during the Inter-war Period: From Inter-Firm-based Organization to Cross-Sector-based Organization 16: Tetsuya Kuwahara: The Development of Factory Management in Japan during the Early Stages of Industrialization. The Kanegafuchi Cotton Spinning Company, 1900-1910 17: Kaoru Sugihara: International Circumstances Surrounding the Post-war Japanese Cotton Textile Industry 18: Douglas A. Farnie: Concluding Perspectives 19: A Select Bibliography of the History of the Global Cotton Industry

ISBN: 9780199255665
ISBN-10: 0199255660
Series: Pasold Studies in Textile History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 650
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.5  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 1.01