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Merchants, Markets and Manufacture

The English Wool Textile Industry in the Eighteenth Century


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About this book


This book explores the causes and nature of the industrial revolution through a comparative study of the main wool textile manufacturing regions of England. Addressing many of the current debates in economic history and eighteenth-century studies through a detailed, archivally-based analysis, it examines how the interplay between merchants, markets and producers shaped the pace and character of economic growth during the eighteenth century, paying particular attention to the implications of rapid product innovation and the export trade.


economic history eighteenth century England Europe growth history industrial revolution revolution trade

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  1. 1.University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

About the authors

JOHN SMAIL is Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of The Origins of Middle-Class Culture: Halifax, Yorkshire 1660-1780 , and has published articles on aspects of the English wool textile industry and early industrialization.

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...a valuable approach to the role and functioning of markets and marketing during the period... Enterprise & Society