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The First Industrial Region - Jon Stobart

The First Industrial Region

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9780719064623
Number Of Pages: 272

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This is a book about the geography of economic growth and the influence which geography had on economic growth during the early phases of industrialisation in England. Its innovative analysis examines the role of the urban system in structuring economic development, showing how the growth of towns served to integrate industries and promote economic change. The central argument is twofold: first, that a proper understanding of the national economy can only be gained through closer regional analyses; and second, that regional integration effected through towns was crucial to national development as it facilitated the spatial and sectoral specialisations which were the key to the wider economic growth in this period.

"Stobart offers significant new material and, bringing the interpretive approach of a geographer, throws a different light upon the debates concerning industrialisation."--Pat Hudson, Cardiff University

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: shifting the economic development agendap. 1
Economic development and the urban systemp. 9
Uneven development: geographical specialisation and inter-dependencyp. 32
An advanced organic economy: the textile industriesp. 64
A mineral-based energy economy: coal-using industriesp. 103
The service sector and urban hierarchiesp. 138
Spatial integration and the urban systemp. 175
Conclusions: the integration of local, regional, national and international economiesp. 219
Sources of urban population totals for north-west England in the 1770sp. 227
Probate records as sources of occupational informationp. 229
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 254
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ISBN: 9780719064623
ISBN-10: 0719064627
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54