Industry in the Countryside
Wealden Society in the Sixteenth Century
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Industry in the Countryside by Michael Zell
Book DescriptionIndustry in the Countryside is a wide-ranging and readable study of the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution. It examines the widely-debated theory of 'proto-industrialisation', drawing on data from the Kentish Weald - an area which was already a centre of cottage industry in the Tudor era and was also the earliest rural manufacturing region to 'de-industrialise'. The book analyses the Wealden textile industry from its workforce to its industrialists and emphasises the ubiquity of dual employment among textile workers. It explores the local context of cottage industry, investigating the pattern of landholding and inheritance, the local farming regime, and the demographic background to rural industrialisation. Zell outlines what type of local economy became the site of this so-called 'proto-industry' and shows the impact of cottage industry on the people of such regions. He concludes by asking, is there anything in the 'proto-industrialisation' model?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521893060
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Zell
Industry in the Countryside, Hardback (March 1994)» View all books by Michael Zell
This book explores the nature of manufacturing before the Industrial Revolution, focusing on one English region - the Kentish Weald.
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