Dawn of Modern Civilization; Or, Sketches of the Social Condition of Europe

Dawn of Modern Civilization; Or, Sketches of the Social Condition of Europe

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ... trading places. Fitzstephen enumerates the imports of London; other authors allude to its exports; these were iron, tin, and lead; cargoes of meat and fish; and above all, "the precious wool," as it is justly styled by Henry of Huntingdon. The nature of the exports, being raw material, shows that England, at that time, was not a great manufacturing country, though the large importation of woad for dyeing, at the latter part of the twelfth century, indicates that certain woollen goods, probably of a coarser kind, were made for home consumption. The settlement of the Flemish weavers in that country, in the reign of Edward III., imparted a grand stimulus to the industry and skill of former times; and may be reckoned as forming the era of the commencement of the finer manufactures of Great Britain. From the revival of commerce, throughout the period over which this work extends, the statute book of England abounds in proofs of the importance which her senators attached to the mercantile interests of the country--of the zeal with which they endeavored to advance them, and of the egregious mistakes, the fruit of inexperience, which marked their commercial policy. It seems to be ordained by Providence, that a large portion of the practical wisdom of mankind is to arise from the study of the follies of their ancestors; and surely the present generation can find no lack of lessons in the commercial department of useful knowledge, if they look into the English statutes at large. Many of these laws relate to commercial intercourse with other nations, in which every thing was done to favor the home merchant at the expense of the foreign one. Edward I. enacted that foreigners should sell their goods within forty days after their arrival at an...show more

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  • English
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  • 123656555X
  • 9781236565556