What was Cotton? Fibers, Markets and Technology in the British Industrial Revolution

John Styles

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Abstract

The paper is divided into four sections. The first reviews recent interpretations of the British Industrial Revolution in textiles. The second evaluates the evidence for economic inducements to innovation. The third examines demand for the various ‘cottons’, a key issue ignored in the leading interpretations. In conclusion, the fourth section considers the implications of demand for our understanding of technical innovation in spinning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-51
Number of pages51
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2017
EventPenn Economic History Forum -
Duration: 27 Oct 2017 → …

Seminar

SeminarPenn Economic History Forum
Period27/10/17 → …

Keywords

  • material culture
  • economic history
  • history of technology

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