The British Industrial Decline

The British Industrial Decline

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The decline of British Industry in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period is the subject of major concern to economic and modern British historians. This book sets out the present state of the discussion and introduces new directions in which the debate about the British decline is now proceeding: Among other themes, the book examines: * the role of the service sector alongside manufacturing * the distinctiveness of the British regions * the state's role in the British decline including an analysis of its responsibility for the maintenance and modernization of infrastructure * the association of aristocratic values with entrepreneurial vitality * how British historians have discussed success and failure, with a critique of the literature of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.21mm | 340g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 38 black & white tables
  • 1138868221
  • 9781138868229

Table of contents

Preface Introduction The Literature of Decline 1. Converging Accounts, Misleading Metaphors, and Persistent Doubts: Reflections on the Historiography of Britain's "Decline" Michael Dintenfass 2. 1066 and a Wave of Gadgets: The Achievements of British Growth Donald N. McCloskey Economic Growth and Performance 3. Industrial Performance, the Infrastructure and Government Policy Robert Millward 4. Competitiveness and Growth: New Perspectives on the Late-Victorian and Edwardian Economy David Greasley and Les Oxley 5. Flagging or Failing: British Economic Performance, 1880-1914 B.W.E. Alford Technology and Industry 6. The Audit of the Great War on British Technology Correlli Barnett 7. The Balance of Technological Transfers 1870-1914 James Foreman-Peck 8. Regional vs. National Perspectives on Economic "Decline" in Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain W.R. Garside Institutions and Culture 9. Education and Economic Decline 1870-1914: An Innocent Suspect? Michael Sanderson 10. The Voice of Industry and the Ethos of Decline: Industrial Citizenship, Public Service, the Making of a British Industrial Elite Michael Dintenfass 11. The City of London, 1880-1914: Tradition and Innovation Peter Cain A French Perspective on the British 'Decline' 12. France's Experience of Industrial Retardation During the Belle Epoque Jean-Pierre Dormoisshow more