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Alfred Herbert Ltd and the British Machine Tool Industry, 1887-1983

Alfred Herbert Ltd and the British Machine Tool Industry, 1887-1983

1st Edition

Roger Lloyd-Jones, M.J. Lewis
September 25, 2017

At the beginning of the twentieth century Britain was amongst the world leaders in the production of machine tools, yet by the 1980s the industry was in terminal decline. Focusing on the example of Britain's largest machine tool maker, Alfred Herbert Ltd of Coventry, this study charts the wider...

Taste, Trade and Technology: The Development of the International Meat Industry since 1840

Taste, Trade and Technology: The Development of the International Meat Industry since 1840

1st Edition

Richard Perren
September 14, 2017

Focusing on the interactions of producers, sellers and consumers of meat across the world, Richard Perren elucidates aspects of the evolution of the international economy and the part played by the investment of capital and the enterprise of individuals. The study utilises the government reports...

Insuring the Industrial Revolution: Fire Insurance in Great Britain, 1700–1850

Insuring the Industrial Revolution: Fire Insurance in Great Britain, 1700–1850

1st Edition

Robin Pearson
May 16, 2017

Fire had always been one of the greatest threats to an early modern British society that relied on the naked flame as the prime source of heating, lighting and cooking. Yet whilst the danger of fire had always been taken seriously, it was not until the start of the eighteenth century that a...

Raleigh and the British Bicycle Industry: An Economic and Business History, 1870–1960

Raleigh and the British Bicycle Industry: An Economic and Business History, 1870–1960

1st Edition

Roger Lloyd-Jones, M. J. Lewis
May 16, 2017

This book is the first comprehensive history of the development of the British bicycle industry from the perspective of business and economic history. Focusing on themes such as entrepreneurship, personal capitalism, and organisational, technological and cultural change, the shifting fortunes of...

Industrial Clusters and Regional Business Networks in England, 1750-1970

Industrial Clusters and Regional Business Networks in England, 1750-1970

1st Edition


May 16, 2017

Although economists have long recognised industrial districts as one of the key features of many economies, it is only recently that attention has been focused on the region as an effective means of generating accurate insights into the larger picture of economic performance. This renewed interest...

Trade Unions and the Economy: 1870–2000

Trade Unions and the Economy: 1870–2000

1st Edition

Derek H. Aldcroft, Michael J. Oliver
May 16, 2017

What do unions do and why do they do it? Do they seek to maximise profit for their members, or to obtain better working conditions that benefit society as a whole? Derek H. Aldcroft and Michael J. Oliver here provide one of the first sustained studies of the effects of union activities in terms of...

Britain and the Economic Problem of the Cold War: The Political Economy and the Economic Impact of the British Defence Effort, 1945-1955

Britain and the Economic Problem of the Cold War: The Political Economy and the Economic Impact of the British Defence Effort, 1945-1955

1st Edition

Till Geiger
May 16, 2017

Many accounts of British development since 1945 have attempted to discover why Britain experienced slower rates of economic growth than other Western European countries. In many cases, the explanation for this phenomenon has been attributed to the high level of defence spending that successive...

An Affluent Society?: Britain's Post-War 'Golden Age' Revisited

An Affluent Society?: Britain's Post-War 'Golden Age' Revisited

1st Edition

Lawrence Black, Hugh Pemberton
May 16, 2017

During an election speech in 1957 the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, famously remarked that 'most of our people have never had it so good'. Although taken out of context, this phrase soon came to epitomize the sense of increased affluence and social progress that was prevalent in Britain during...

Exchange Rates and Economic Policy in the 20th Century

Exchange Rates and Economic Policy in the 20th Century

1st Edition

Derek H. Aldcroft, Ross E. Catterall
March 31, 2017

The themes of this study are the exchange rate regimes chosen by policy makers in the twentieth century, the means used to maintain these regimes, and the impact of these decisions on individual national economies and the world economy in general. The book draws heavily on new research showing the...

Industrial Reorganization and Government Policy in Interwar Britain

Industrial Reorganization and Government Policy in Interwar Britain

1st Edition

Julian Greaves
March 31, 2017

Offering a detailed overview of state involvement in the rationalisation and reorganisation of British industry between the wars, this is the first work to address the issues in a comprehensive manner for over 50 years. Utilising a range of primary source material (including papers from the PRO,...

Demons of Domesticity: Women and the English Gas Industry, 1889–1939

Demons of Domesticity: Women and the English Gas Industry, 1889–1939

1st Edition

Anne Clendinning
March 06, 2017

Demons of Domesticity offers a social history of the English gas industry from the 1880s to the late 1930s, with an emphasis on the corporations that served London and the Home Counties. It documents the hitherto unexamined role that women played in the development of the industry by considering...

Arms and the State: Sir William Armstrong and the Remaking of British Naval Power, 1854–1914

Arms and the State: Sir William Armstrong and the Remaking of British Naval Power, 1854–1914

1st Edition

Marshall J. Bastable
March 06, 2017

Arms and the State is a history of Britain's first and foremost modern armaments company, the Armstrong Whitworth Company, from its origins in 1854 to 1914. It focuses on the role of Sir William G. Armstrong, an engineer and entrepreneur who transformed his modest mechanical engineering business...

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