London: Hub of the Industrial Revolution (International Library of Historical Studies v. 14)

London: Hub of the Industrial Revolution (International Library of Historical Studies v. 14)

By: David Barnett (author)Hardback

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By 1800 London was the world's greatest city and at the centre of the world's greatest empire. This book sets out to show that it was also at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Traditional historiography has regarded the city as a minor player in the Industrial Revolution - "a storm that passed over London and broke elsewhere" - but David Barnett argues that, in addition to providing financial and other essential service skills, the capital was at the forefront of industrial development. The study is based on hard data, such as insurance records and trade directories, and provides a mine of information for research as well as presenting a portrait of London during a period of rapid and unprecedented development as the world's first great modern industrial city.

About Author

David Barnett, after a distinguished business career, returned to the University of Nottingham to complete his research in Business History.


The metropolis defined - geography, population, topography; industrial London - classifying London's trades, patterns of industry in London; the London manufacturing trades - manufacturing as a whole, the geography of manufacturing in London, classification of manufacturing trades, food, drink and tobacco, paper, printing and publishing, textiles, furniture, leather and leather goods, clothing, metal goods, timber trades, coachbuilding, chemicals, watch- and clockmaking, London's other major manufacturing trades, employment in manufacturing; the construction trades in London - employment in the construction trades; London and the consumer revolution - wholesale distribution, retail distribution, employment in retailing; London: prototype service economy - transport, catering, personal and other services, employment in services; commercial London - merchants, agents, factors and brokers; the London businesswoman; conclusion: London the world's first modern city. Appendix: standard industrial classification.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781860641961
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781860641961
  • ISBN10: 1860641962

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