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The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain


  • 5 maps 67 tables
  • Page extent: 488 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.977 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521527385 | ISBN-10: 0521527384)

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain provides a readable and comprehensive survey of the economic history of Britain since industrialisation, based on the most up-to-date research into the subject. Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson have assembled a team of fifty leading scholars from around the world to produce a set of volumes which are both a lucid textbook for students and an authoritative guide to the subject. The text pays particular attention to the explanation of quantitative and theory-based enquiry, but all forms of historical research are used to provide a comprehensive account of the development of the British economy. Volume III covers the period 1939–2000, when Britain adjusted to a decline in manufacturing, an expansion of the service economy, and a repositioning of external economic activity towards Europe. It will be an invaluable guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students in history, economics and other social sciences.

• Comprehensive coverage • Written by leading experts in the field • Provides accessible surveys of quantitative and technical research


Introduction Roderick Floud and Paul Johnson; 1. The wartime economy Peter Howlett; 2. Failure followed by success followed by failure? A re-examination of British economic growth since 1939 Michael Kitson; 3. The performance of manufacturing Stephen Broadberry; 4. A failed experiment: the state ownership of industry Leslie Hannah; 5. Employment, education and human capital Mary O'Mahony; 6. Money and monetary policy since 1945 Susan Howson; 7. The financial services sector since 1945 Katherine Watson; 8. Economic Policy Jim Tomlinson; 9. Income and welfare Paul Johnson; 10. The rise of the service economy Robert Millward; 11. The impact of Europe Larry Neal; 12. Technology in post-war Britain Nick von Tunzelmann; 13. Regional development and policy Peter Scott; 14. British fiscal policy since 1939 Tom Clark and Andrew Dilnot; 15. Industrial relations and the economy William Brown.


'… these volumes are the best available economic history of modern Britain. They demonstrate not only the vitality of the subject but its fundamental importance and relevance.' History

'Teachers of economic history wishing to prepare an undergraduate lecture or a seminar can confidently use the chapters in … [this] book as basic references. Students will find the subjects covered with clarity of language, depth of information and critical analysis.' Journal of Urban History


Roderick Floud, Paul Johnson, Peter Howlett, Michael Kitson, Stephen Broadberry, Leslie Hannah, Mary O'Mahony, Susan Howson, Katherine Watson, Jim Tomlinson, Robert Millward, Larry Neal, Nick von Tunzelmann, Peter Scott, Tom Clark, Andrew Dilnot, William Brown

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