Engines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New England by Peter TeminEngines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New England by Peter Temin

Engines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New England

byPeter Temin

Paperback | October 30, 2002

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New England's economy has a history as dramatic as any in the world. From an inauspicious beginning--as immigration ground to a halt in the eighteenth century--New England went on to lead the United States in its transformation from an agrarian to an industrial economy. And when the rest of the country caught up in the mid-twentieth century, New England reinvented itself as a leader in the complex economy of the information society.

Engines of Enterprise tells this dramatic story in a sequence of narrative essays written by preeminent historians and economists. These essays chart the changing fortunes of entrepreneurs and venturers, businessmen and inventors, and common folk toiling in fields, in factories, and in air-conditioned offices. The authors describe how, short of staple crops, colonial New Englanders turned to the sea and built an empire; and how the region became the earliest home of the textile industry as commercial fortunes underwrote new industries in the nineteenth century. They show us the region as it grew ahead of the rest of the country and as the rest of the United States caught up. And they trace the transformation of New England's products and exports from cotton textiles and machine tools to such intangible goods as education and software. Concluding short essays also put forward surprising but persuasive arguments--for instance, that slavery, while not prominent in colonial New England, was a critical part of the economy; and that the federal government played a crucial role in the development of the region's industrial skills.

Peter Temin is Elisha Gray II Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Title:Engines of Enterprise: An Economic History of New EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:October 30, 2002Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0674009843

ISBN - 13:9780674009844

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Table of Contents


Peter Temin

The Birth of New England in the Atlantic Economy: From Its Beginning to 1770
Margaret Ellen Newell

The Invention of American Capitalism: The Economy of New England in the Federal Period
Winifred Barr Rothenberg

The Industrialization of New England, 1830-1880
Peter Temin

The Challenges of Economic Maturity: New England, 1880-1940
Joshua L. Rosenbloom

The Transition from a Mill-Based to a Knowledge-Based Economy: New England, 1940-2000
Lynn Elaine Browne and Steven Sass

Reflections on the Origins, Development, and Future of the New England Economy

Slavery and Population Growth in Colonial New England
Bernard Bailyn

New England Industry and the Federal Government
Merritt Roe Smith

The Future of New England
Paul Krugman




Editorial Reviews

Their conclusions range from confidence that the region marches along the path of economic success because of its inherent characteristics, to the suggestion that there may be some serendipity at work as wellThe reader seeking a detailed presentation of the economic activities of each era will be delighted by the specific and in-depth research offered by most of the authors.