Rethinking the Industrial Revolution: Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England (Historical Materialism Book Seri

Rethinking the Industrial Revolution: Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England (Historical Materialism Book Seri

By: Michael Andrew Zmolek (author)Hardback

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In Rethinking the Industrial Revolution: Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England, Michael Andrew Zmolek offers the first in-depth study of the evolution of English manufacturing from the feudal and early modern periods within the context of the development of agrarian capitalism. With an emphasis on the relationship between Parliament and working Britons, this work challenges readers to 'rethink' the common perception of the role of the state in the first industrial revolution as essentially passive. The work chronicles how a long train of struggles led by artisans resisting efforts by employers to transform production along capitalist lines, prompted employers to appeal to the state to suppress this resistance by coercion.

About Author

Michael Andrew Zmolek, Ph.D. (2009, York University) teaches World History and International Studies at the University of Iowa, having previously taught at the University of Dubuque. His published articles explore environmental problems, development issues and the origin of capitalism.

Contents

Acknowledgments Foreword Introduction PART I: ENGLAND TRANSFORMED: MANUFACTURING AND AGRARIAN CAPITALISM, 1348-1783 1. The Pre-History of Industry 2. Parliament and Revolution 3. Agrarian Capitalism: The Key to Britain's Rise to Power 4. An Empire in Crisis 5. Harvesting the Agrarian Revolution PART II: `SUCH MACHINES ... AS CANNOT ERR': CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE MAKING OF INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND, 1700-1800 6. Technology and History 7. The Social Origins of the Factory 8. Factories and Machinery 9. Capital and Industry PART III: CUSTOM'S LAST STAND: THE RISE AND FALL OF ARTISAN-LED RESISTANCE TO CAPITALISM IN ENGLAND, 1783-1848 10. Custom and Law 11. Rebellion and Reaction 12. Class and the State 13. Reform and the Oligarchy 14. Chartists and Liberals Conclusion Epilogue Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789004219878
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 916
  • ID: 9789004219878
  • weight: 1582
  • ISBN10: 9004219870

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