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Poverty, Progress, and Population

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  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521822787

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  • E.A. Wrigley, the leading historian of industrial England, exposes the inadequacy of what was once accepted wisdom regarding England's industrial revolution and suggests what he believes should replace it. He examines the issues from three viewpoints: economic growth; the transformation of the urban-rural balance; and demographic change in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In addition, he shows why England's early modern economy and society grew faster and more dynamically than its continental neighbors.

    • A redefinition of what constituted industrial revolution from one of the nation's leading historians
    • Emphasises the scale and importance of changes which occurred before the conventional timing of the industrial revolution
    • Shows why the English early modern economy and society enabled it to grow faster and more dynamically than its continental neighbours
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Wrigley's reinterpretation of the eighteenth century is of vital importance for anyone wanting to understand how economic ideas were evolving in the period from the English civiil War to the Victorian age.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'The book is well written and covers a broad range of interesting topics.' Journal of Peace Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521822787
    • length: 478 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.87kg
    • contains: 49 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. In search of the industrial revolution
    Part I. The Wellsprings of Growth:
    2. The divergence of England: the growth of the English economy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
    3. Reflections on the history of energy supply, living standards and economic growth
    4. Two kinds of capitalism, two kinds of growth
    5. Men on the land and men in the countryside: employment in agriculture in early nineteenth-century England
    6. Corn and crisis: Malthus on the high price of provisions
    7. Why poverty was inevitable in traditional societies
    8. Malthus on the prospects for the labouring poor
    9. The occupational structure of England in the nineteenth century
    Part II. Town and Country:
    10. City and country in the past: a sharp divide or a continuum?
    11. 'The great commerce of every civilised society': urban growth in early modern Europe
    12. Country and town: the primary, secondary and tertiary peopling of England in the early modern period
    13. Brake or accelerator? Urban growth and population growth before the industrial revolution
    Part III. The Numbers Game:
    14. How reliable is our knowledge of the demographic characteristics of the English population in the early modern period?
    15. Explaining the rise in marital fertility in the 'long' eighteenth century
    16. No death without birth: the implications of English mortality in the early modern period
    17. Demographic retrospective

  • Author

    E. A. Wrigley, University of Cambridge
    Professor Sir E. A. Wrigley is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge, former Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and former President of the British Academy.

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