The Fibre that Changed the World: The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990s by Douglas Farnie

The Fibre that Changed the World: The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990s

EditorDouglas Farnie, David Jeremy

Hardcover | June 29, 2004

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Cotton has been a vital industry for many nations. Always it has been a vehicle for factory-based production and associated industrialization. Subsequently it has frequently served as a focus for the readjustment of mature industrial economies. This volume offers new perspectives on anindustry of global significance. These perspectives include an in-depth analysis of major trends in the history of the industry. One group of essays sets the industry in global context, a second group undertakes a detailed survey of eight different states, including the major players in the world league of cotton textileproducers. The essays have been written by an international group of 15 authors. Three large questions are addressed in this volume. How did the industry spread across the world? What impact did it have? How did its global reach change over time? In tackling these questions the authors have thrown new light upon such topics as rural manufacture, technological change,business organization and management, distributive networks and mercantile enterprise, state policies, international competition, and the industry's role in promoting economic growth. The data and the views presented offer a range of challenges to currently-accepted interpretations, not least the depreciation of the role of the industry during British industrialisation and the myth of the destructive impact of western competition upon the craft industries of Asia. The work concludes with a pioneering and wide-ranging historical and global bibliography of the industry which supplements the literature cited in the 18 individual essays and also serves as a comparative introduction to specialist national histories. Volumes 1 to 13 in Pasold Studies in Textile History series may be ordered from Please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

About The Author

Douglas Farnie is Visiting Professor, Centre for Business History, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. David Jeremy is a Professor of Business History, Centre for Business History, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

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Title:The Fibre that Changed the World: The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990sFormat:HardcoverDimensions:650 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.57 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1: The Industry in Global Context1. Douglas A. Farnie and David J. Jeremy: The Role of Cotton as a World Power, 1780-19902. Douglas A. Farnie: The Role of Merchants as Prime Movers in the Expansion of the Cotton Industry, 1760-19903. John Singleton: The Lancashire Cotton Industry, the Royal Navy and the British Empire4. David J. Jeremy: The International Diffusion of Cotton Manufacturing Technology, 1750-1990s5. Gary Saxonhouse and Gavin Wright: Technological Evolution in Cotton Spinning, 1878-19336. David J. Jeremy: International Changes in Cotton Manufacturing Productivity, 1830s-1950s7. David J. Jeremy: Organization and Management in the Global Cotton Industry, 1800s-1990s2: The Industry in Europe and the USA8. James Thomson: Technology Transfer to the Catalan Cotton Industry: From Calico Printing to the Self-Acting Mule9. Alfons van der Kraan: The Birth of the Dutch Cotton Industry, 1830-184010. Stephan H. Lindner: It Could Have Been Worse: The West German Cotton Industry, 1945-199011. Stuart Thompstone: The Russian Technical Society and British Textile Machinery Imports12. Joshua Rosenbloom: Path Dependence and the Origins of Cotton Textile Manufacturing in New England3: The Industry in Asia13. Douglas A. Farnie: The Role of the Cotton Industry in the Economic Development of India, 1600-199014. Linda Grove: Rural Manufacture in China's Cotton Industry, 1890-199015. Takeshi Abe: Organizational Changes in the Japanese Cotton Industry during the Inter-war Period: From Inter-Firm-based Organization to Cross-Sector-based Organization16. Tetsuya Kuwahara: The Development of Factory Management in Japan during the Early Stages of Industrialization. The Kanegafuchi Cotton Spinning Company, 1900-191017. Kaoru Sugihara: International Circumstances Surrounding the Post-war Japanese Cotton Textile Industry18. Douglas A. Farnie: Concluding Perspectives19. A Select Bibliography of the History of the Global Cotton Industry