The Victorian Economy

Author: Francois Crouzet
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136595678
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Britain’s role in the mid-nineteenth century as the world’s greatest economic power was an extraordinary phenomenon, foreshadowed in the Industrial Revolution of the century before and originating from a unique combination of global and indigenous factors. In this study François Crouzet analyses the growth and – in late Victorian Britain – decline of the nation’s economy, drawing on an immense amount of quantitative data to examine and explain its development. The book begins with a macroeconomic survey of the period, reviewing broad fluctuations in economic growth and the question of the ‘mid-Victorian boom’, structural changes in the balance of the economy, demographic movements, capital formation and the influence of Free Trade. Professor Crouzet then goes on to look in detail at the different sectors of the economy, assessing the effects of the relative decline of agriculture against industry, the growth of the tertiary sector, the rise of new industries such as armaments and the transport revolution. His final chapter analyses the reality of and reasons for Britain’s subsequent decline as a world economic superpower. This study, first published in 1982, draws together a wide range of material and provides an invaluable framework for the understanding of a complex and richly-documented period.

Enterprise and Trade in Victorian Britain

Author: D. N. McCloskey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134558341
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The essays in this book focus on the controversies concerning Britain's economic performance between the mid-nineteenth century and the First World War. The overriding theme is that Britain's own resources were consistently more productive, more resilient and more successful than is normally assumed. And if the economy's achievement was considerable, the influence on it of external factors (trade, international competition, policy) were much less significant than is normally supposed. The book is structured as follows: Part One: The Method of Historical Economics Part Two: Enterprise in Late Victorian Britain Part Three: Britain in the World Economy, 1846-1913.

Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England

Author: Peter D. Groenewegen
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
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Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England remains a valuable collection of insightful papers on the history of economists views on the woman question and on the history of women s contributions to economics, subjects pioneered by Pujol (1992). The controversies over the views of Mill, Jevons and the Webbs to which these papers have contributed have served to advance knowledge and deepen understanding. The quality of the essays and the editing is generally high. Robert W. Dimand, Feminist Economics . . . there is much material in this collection of papers prepared for a workshop at the Centre for the Study of the History of Economic Thought at the University of Sydney that will be of interest to readers not already familiar with the literature. Some of the material will also be of interest in getting one more interpretation of the views of the various authors discussed here. Marianne A. Ferber, Journal of the History of Economic Thought . . . fascinating collection of essays. . . Joan Perkin, The Journal of Economic History Feminism and Political Economy in Victorian England examines the attitudes of leading nineteenth-century economic writers to the Woman Question . Focusing on the work of J.S. Mill, Henry Fawcett, W.S. Jevons, Henry Sidgwick, Alfred Marshall, the Webbs and Clara Collet, this volume reveals that women s issues were more widely discussed during the Victorian era than is sometimes supposed. The introduction briefly and selectively reviews the treatment of feminism and women in political economy. This is followed by essays on the political economy of J.S. Mill, Henry Fawcett and Henry Sidgwick, three supporters of the women s movement whose economics continued to adopt an essentially male perspective. The place of women in Jevons s political economy is discussed with special reference to his involvement in a debate over working wives and infant mortality. Alfred Marshall s views on the sexual division of labour are assessed from the perspective of efficiency, development, family and race. Later papers focus on the changing position of the Webbs on women s rights and the political economy of women in the work of Clara Collet. By revising many of the assumptions about economic writing on women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this book will by welcomed by economists and historians as a major contribution both to the history of economic thought and to women s history.

Building a New Community

Author: Andrew Markus
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781865085357
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A photographic and textual centenary history of the contribution of migrants to the Victorian economy, 1900-2000.

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain

Author: Roderick Floud
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107038456
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A new edition of the leading textbook on the economic history of Britain since industrialisation. Leading historians and economists examine the foundational importance of economic life in modern Britain as well as the close interconnections between economic, social, political and cultural change. Each chapter provides a clear guide to the major controversies in the field and students are shown how to connect historical evidence with economic theory and how to apply quantitative methods. Volume 1, on 1700-1870, offers new approaches to classic issues such as the causes and consequences of industrialisation, the role of institutions and the state, and the transition from an organic to an inorganic economy, as well as introducing new issues such as globalisation, convergence and divergence, the role of science, technology and invention, and the growth of consumerism. Throughout the volume, British experience is set within an international context and its performance benchmarked against its global competitors.

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain Volume 1 Industrialisation 1700 1870

Author: Roderick Floud
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316061159
Format: PDF
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A new edition of the leading textbook on the economic history of Britain since industrialization. Combining the expertise of more than thirty leading historians and economists, Volume 1 tracks Britain's economic history in the period ranging from 1700 to 1870 from industrialisation to global trade and empire. Each chapter provides a clear guide to the major controversies in the field and students are shown how to connect historical evidence with economic theory and apply quantitative methods. New approaches are proposed to classic issues such as the causes and consequences of industrialisation, the role of institutions and the state, and the transition from an organic to an inorganic economy, as well as introducing new issues such as globalisation, convergence and divergence, the role of science, technology and invention, and the growth of consumerism. Throughout the volume, British experience is set within an international context and its performance benchmarked against its global competitors.

The Birth of the Western Economy

Author: Robert Latouche
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415379946
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This study follows the aesthetic of the sublime from Burke and Kant, through Wordsworth and the Shelleys, into Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot and Hardy. Exploring the continuities between the romantic and Victorian "periods" that have so often been rather read as differences, the book demonstrate that the sublime mode enables the transition from a paradigm of overwhelming power exemplified by the body of the king to the pervasive power of surveillance utilized by the rising middle classes. While the domestic woman connected with the rise of the middle class is normally seen as beautiful, the book contends that the moral authority given to this icon of depth and interiority is actually sublime. The binary of the beautiful and the sublime seeks to contain the sublimity of womanhood by insisting on sublimity's masculine character. This is the book's most important claim: rather than exemplifying masculine strength, the sublime marks the transition to a system of power gendered as feminine and yet masks that transition because it fears the power it ostensibly accords to the feminine. This aesthetic is both an inheritance the Victorians receive from their romantic predecessors, and, more importantly, a broad historical phenomenon that questions the artificial boundaries between romantic and Victorian.