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- DescriptionBy the early nineteenth century England was very different ecomically from its continental neighbours. It was wealthier, growing more rapidly, more heavily urbanised, and far less dependent upon agriculture. A generation ago it was rmal to attribute these differences to the 'industrial revolution' and to suppose that this was mainly the product of recent change, but longer. Current estimates suggest only slow growth during the period from 1760-1840. This implies that the ecomy was much larger and more advanced by 1760 than had previously been supposed and suggests that growth in the preceding century or two must have been decisive in bringing about the 'divergence' of England. Sir E. A. Wrigley, the leading historian of industrial Britain, here examines the issues which arise in this connection from three viewpoints: ecomic growth; the transformation of the urban-rural balance; and demographic change in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
- Author BiographyProfessor 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.
- Author(s)E. A. Wrigley
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication22/01/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note49 tables
- Weight870 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine30 mm
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