In recent years it has become commonplace to downplay notions of an industrial revolution and argue instead that Britain's transformation was gradual and incremental. In The Industrial Revolution and the Atlantic Economy Brinley Thomas contests this view, arguing that change in the energy base and hence in technology has enabled Britain to overcome an energy crisis and sustain dramatic population growth. Throughout these essays illustrate the organic approach to economic growth that Brinley Thomas pioneered.
Book Cover; Title; Contents; List of figures and tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Britain's energy crisis in the seventeenth century; The first Atlantic economy, 1700 76; The end of the charcoal iron age; Britain's food supply, 1760 1846: the Irish contribution; Henry Cort and the primacy of Britain; Robert Owen (1771 1858): a hero of the Industrial Revolution; Demographic determinants of British and American building cycles, 1870 1913; Long swings and the Atlantic economy: a reappraisal; A cauldron of rebirth: the Industrial Revolution and the Welsh language A plea for an organic approach to economic growthIndex
Includes bibliographical references and index. Essays, with some revisions and updating, most of which were previously published in various journals.