The Social Origins of Industrial Growth: Canada, Argentina and Australia, 1870–1930

Part of the St Antony’s Macmillan Series book series


This chapter should start, perhaps, by stating what it is not. Given the limits of time and space, it is not an attempt to document in any economic, social or political way the detailed processes of modern, capitalist industrialization as they unfolded in the three societies during the six decades from 1870 to 1930. It has little specific empirical or factual material related to manufacturing development. Rather, it is an attempt to explain why a process of partial industrialization should have taken place in Canada, Argentina and Australia over the period. It thus presents an hypothesis — or a set of concepts — in which the elements leading to such a development can be examined. The paper is concerned also with the origins of the process, and stops arbitrarily (perhaps) at 1930. After that date, the manufacturing sectors of all three nations moved to a rather different level and pace of development.


Social Origin Industrial Growth Relative Autonomy Export Sector Monthly Review 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 7.
    C. Clark, The Conditions of Economic Progress, 2nd edn ( London: Macmillan, 1951 ).Google Scholar
  2. 8.
    H. L. Browning and B. Roberts, ‘Urbanization, Sectoral Transformation, and the Utilization of Labour in Latin America’, Comparative Urban Research, vol 1 (1980) 86–103.Google Scholar
  3. 9.
    O. Cornblit, ‘European Immigrants in Argentine Industry and Politics’, in C. Véliz (ed.), The Politics of Conformity in Latin America ( London: Oxford University Press, 1967 ), pp. 221–48.Google Scholar
  4. 10.
    F. H. Cardoso and E. Faletto, Dependencia y Desarrollo en America Latina ( Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores, 1969 ).Google Scholar
  5. 11.
    R. E. Baldwin, ‘Patterns of Development in Newly Settled Regions’, in J. Friedman and W. Alonso (eds), Regional Development and Planning ( Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1964 ).Google Scholar
  6. 12.
    M. H. Watkins, ‘A Staple Theory of Economic Growth’, in W. Easter-brook and M. H. Watkins (eds), Approaches to Canadian Economic History ( Toronto: Macmillan, 1978 ).Google Scholar
  7. 13.
    P. Cochrane, Industrialization and Dependence: Australia’s Road to Economic Development, 1870–1939 (St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1980) ch. 5.Google Scholar
  8. 14.
    R. T. Naylor, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Commercial Empire of the St. Lawrence’, in G. Temple (ed.), Capitalism and the National Question in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1972 ) pp. 1–42.Google Scholar
  9. 15.
    J. Corradi, ‘Argentina’, in R. H. Chilcote and J. C. Edelstein (eds), Latin America: The Struggle with Dependency and Beyond ( New York: Halsted Press, John Wiley, 1974 ).Google Scholar
  10. 16.
    R. Robinson, ‘Non-European Foundations of European Imperialism: Sketch for a Theory of Collaboration’, in E. R. J. Owen and R. B. Sutcliffe, Studies in the Theory of Imperialism ( London: Longman, 1972 ), p. 124.Google Scholar
  11. 17.
    A. Gerschenkron, ‘Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective’, in B. Hoselitz (ed.), The Progress of Underdeveloped Areas (Chicago University Press, 1952 ).Google Scholar
  12. 19.
    R. T. Naylor, The History of Canadian Business (Toronto University Press, 1975 ).Google Scholar
  13. 20.
    T. Traves, The State and Enterprise (University of Toronto Press, 1979 ).Google Scholar
  14. 21.
    R. W. Connell and T. H. Irving, Class Structure in Australian History ( Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1980 ) p. 271.Google Scholar
  15. 23.
    C. F. Diaz Alejandro, Essays on the Economic History of the Argentine Republic ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1970 ) pp. 284–5.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© St Antony’s College, Oxford 1985

Authors and Affiliations

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations