In the early part of the eighteenth century the best prospects for growth among the English textile industries appeared to lie in silk rather than cotton manufacture. By 1800 silk was slipping out of notice, quite eclipsed by the enormous expansion of cotton following the immense success of its new techniques and organisation; but in mid-century, after a long period of very fast growth, silk was at the peak of its relative importance among English industries.
KeywordsEighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Silk Fabric Local Merchant Silk Industry
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