The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914

The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914

Edited by Alan Armstrong

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Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Studies of Kent's economic history confirm the industrial revolution to have been less cataclysmic and more widespread then formerly accepted.
In recent years, historians' interpretations of the economic history of Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century have changed significantly. There is less emphasis on the idea of a cataclysmic `industrial revolution' pioneered in and confined to the northern and midland counties, with increasing amounts of attention devoted to the long-neglected economic history of the southern counties. The Economy of Kent, 1640-1914is the first authoritative survey of the topic. Subjectsconsidered include the population of Kent, its growth, mobility and distribution; agriculture; industry; transport; labour; and the importance of the sea to Kent. Its findings suggest that Kent retained its place as an important constituent of the expanding British economy throughout the period, and that, by its steady economic progress, it avoided many of the strains and stresses experienced by counties more directly touched by industrialisation, along with the painful processes of readjustment that other regions have faced more recently.
ALAN ARMSTRONG is Professor of Economic and Social History at Kent University.The contributors are: MARY DOBSON, ALAN ARMSTRONG, GORDON MINGAY, DAVID ORMROD, JAMES PRESTON, THEO BARKER, ROBIN CRAIG, JOHN WHYMAN, CHRISTOPHER CHALKLIN, TOM RICHARDSON, ALAN ARMSTRONG

Details

February 1996
29 black and white, 8 line illustrations
352 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Kent History Project
ISBN: 9780851155821
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC HBLL
BISAC HIS037030
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Table of Contents

Population: 1640-1831 - M Dobson
Population: 1831-1914 - John A. Aitken
Agriculture - G E Mingay
Industry: 1640-1800 - David J Ormrod
Industry: 1800-1914 - James M Preston
Road, rail and cross-channel ferry -
Kent and the sea - R Craig
The towns - C W Chalklin
Labour -
Conclusions: wealth and welfare in victorian and edwardian Kent - John A. Aitken

Reviews

A valuable book which deserves to reach a wider audience than those with an immediate interest in the county. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEWAn important contribution to the literature of modern economic growth. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

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