This volume has three main themes. First, there is the concept of the Industrial Revolution and its main characteristics, and the author defends both the term and the notions behind it against attempts to play down their significance. A particular interest is the comparison of what happened to Britain with similar processes in other European countries. The second theme is the set of problems facing the early entrepreneurs and managers. Their difficulties, as pioneers in the economic as well as the social sphere, are often underrated, and are here explored in detail. Last, there is an emphasis on the characteristic feature of industrialisation as a regional phenomenon, and on the significance of particular regions in the entire process. All three themes have called forth extended debate, in which these essays have played an important part.
Sidney Pollard, formerly University of Bielefeld, Germany, Edited by Colin Holmes
Contents: Introduction, Peter Mathias; The Industrial Revolution and the process of Industrialisation: Investment, consumption, and the Industrial Revolution; The concept of the Industrial Revolution; The Industrial Revolution - an overview; Managerial Problems in the British Industrial Revolution: Capital accounting in the Industrial Revolution; Factory discipline in the Industrial Revolution; The factory village in the Industrial Revolution; Fixed capital in the Industrial Revolution in Britain; The genesis of the managerial profession: the experience of the Industrial Revolution in Britain; Industrialisation in the regions and the coal industry: Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution; Regional markets and the national developments; The concept of regional industrialisation: the British experience; A new estimate of British coal production, 1750-1850; Capitalism and rationality: a study of measurements in British coal mining, ca.1750-1850; Index.