Progress and Poverty: An Economic and Social History of Britain 1700-1850

Paperback | February 1, 1995

byM. J. Daunton

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This is a major college text. It will become prescribed reading for anyone studying British history in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book examines the massive structural change, the creation of national markets, and the economic growth which characterized the movement from agriculture toindustry. In 1700 Britain was a rural country. By 1850, the year before the Great Exhibition, it was 'the workshop of the world'. The debate on the relationship between poverty and progress is at the core of this clear and wide-ranging analysis of the world's first industrialized nation.

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This is a major college text. It will become prescribed reading for anyone studying British history in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book examines the massive structural change, the creation of national markets, and the economic growth which characterized the movement from agriculture toindustry. In 1700 Britain was a rural country....

Martin Daunton is Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Historical Society. He was formerly Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He has written extensively on British history since 1700, especially on urban history and economic and social policy, and i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.34 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Progress and Poverty: The Possibilities of GrowthPart 1: Agriculture and Rural SocietyAgricultural Production: The Limits of GrowthThe Rise of the Great Estates and the Decline of the YeomanOpen Fields and Enclosure: The Demise of CommonalityPart 2: Industry and Urban SocietyDiversities of IndustrializationThe Domestic Systems of ManufacturersThe Coming of the FactoryFurnaces, Forges, and MinesCapital and CreditPart 3: Integrating the EconomyIntegration and SpecializationTransportMerchants and MarketingBanks and MoneyDemand, Supply, and IndustrializationPart 4: Poverty, Prosperity, and PopulationBirths, Marriages, and DeathsThe Standard of Living and the Social History of WagesPoor Relief and CharityPart 5: Public Policy and the StateThe Visible Hand: The State and the EconomyTaxation and Public FinanceMercantilism and Free TradeConclusion

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`Daunton has written a work of grand synthesis and sustained argument, which will be read and reread by professionals and students alike. The book is well produced, with convenient notes and excellent bibliographies, and is a signal achievement not least because its author has rescued so manyimportant findings from highly technical studies and made them part of a story told in lucid, attractive prose. Both admirers and critics will want a sequel.'G.F. Steckley, Knox College, Choice, March 1996 Vol.33 No.7