Debating the promises and limits of the "new economic history," seventeen economists and economic historians look at Great Britain, from the peak of her industrial dominance in 1840 to her eclipse by the surging economies of Germany and the United States. Their discussion brings a new methodological challenge to the field of economic history and a new interpretation of the British economy in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally published in 1972. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. v*The Mathematical Social Science Board, pg. ix*Preface, pg. xiii*Participants of the Conference, pg. xv*Editor's Introduction, pg. 1*1. The American tariff, British exports and American iron production, 1840-1860, pg. 13*2. Demographic determinants of British and American building cycles, 1870-1913, pg. 39*3. Rigidity and bias in the British capital market, 1870-1913, pg. 83*4. British controls on long term capital movements, 1924-1931, pg. 113*5. The landscape and the machine: technical interrelatedness, land tenure and the mechanization of the corn harvest in Victorian Britain, pg. 145*6. The shift from sailing ships to steamships, 1850-1890: a study in technological change and its diffusion, pg. 215*7. Yardsticks for Victorian entrepreneurs, pg. 239*8. International differences in productivity? Coal and steel in America and Britain before World War I, pg. 285*9. Changes in the productivity of labour in the British machine tool industry, 1856-1900, pg. 313*10. Nihilistic impressions of British railway history, pg. 345*11. Railway passenger traffic in 1865, pg. 367*12. Some thoughts on the papers and discussion on the performance of the late Victorian economy, pg. 393*13. Is the new economic history an export product?, pg. 401*14 Is the new economic history an export product? A comment on J. R. T. Hughes, pg. 413*15. Can the new economic history become an import substitute?, pg. 423*16. The new economic history in Britain: a comment on the papers by Hughes, Hartwell and Supple, pg. 431*General discussion on the future of the new economic history in Britain, pg. 435
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