Alfred Herbert Ltd and the British Machine Tool Industry, 1887-1983
This book explores the economic and business history of the British machine tool industry through the rise and fall of its leading player, Alfred Herbert Ltd, providing a valuable insight into a key British manufacturing industry, and contributing to the debate over Britain's alleged decline as a manufacturing nation.
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