By Richard Price
Richard rate deals an intensive new interpretation of contemporary British historical past. He argues that the interval 1680-1880 was once a unique period in British heritage, a dynamic interval of a lot swap yet which used to be eventually contained inside sincerely outlined limitations. Professor fee therefore identifies the 19th century because the finish of this era instead of the instant of modernity. Elegantly written and lucidly equipped, this research might be of worth to all students and scholars with an curiosity during this attention-grabbing interval.
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Undoubtedly, this was a more rapid spurt of growth than previous ones. — One of its highlights was to intensify some of the innovations of the previous hundred years, such as the steam engine modiWed by James Watt, and the factory. Shifting our angle of vision to slow the speed, soften the impact and qualify the distinctiveness of this particular phase of economic growth provides a perspective that better Wts the diVerent elements of the economic history of modern Britain. Attempts to attach the quality of modern industry to any portion of the years between 1680 and 1880 deXect our gaze from those features of the economy that are central to understanding its dynamic.
131–47, for the international dimensions; Peter Earle, The Making of the English Middle Class (London, 1989), p. 45. À… This was a consumer economy, but it was not a mass consumption economy. The consumer market did not embrace the working classes. The economic stimulant of demand derived almost entirely from the body of the middling classes, and the limits to the territory claimed by the consumer market were sharply deWned at the boundary between the middling and working classes. Yet this did not mean that opportunities to dabble in the consumer economy were denied to the working classes; they were not.
This 32 British society, 1680–1880 was a lesson well learnt from population theory, in which the possibility was discounted that populations could continue to grow in conjunction with economic expansion. At the national level the demographic dynamic of the early and mid-Victorian years suggested a basic continuity with the past. – The possibility of self-sustaining economic expansion was only just beginning to be glimpsed in this period. There was nothing irrational about behaving as if Malthus lived when the major script of economic discourse still broadcast the stationary economy as the natural state of aVairs.