An Economic History of the Silk Industry, 1830-1930
An Economic History of the Silk Industry, 1830-1930, first published in 1997, is an ambitious historical analysis of the development of a major commodity. Dr Federico examines the rapid growth of the world silk industry from the early nineteenth century to the eve of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Silk production grew as a result of Western industrialisation, which in turn brought about increased incomes and thus increased demand for silk products. The author documents the changes in methods of production and the technical progress that enabled the silk industry to cope with this new influx in demand. Dr Federico then discusses the significant changes in the geographical distribution of world output that accompanied this growth. In conclusion, Federico points out that silk did indeed becomes the first example of a Japanese success story on the world market, Italy and China both losing their markets due to Japan's large agricultural supply of raw material (cocoons) and its adroitness in importing and adopting Western technology.
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2 The characteristics of the industry
3 The growth in the long run
4 Consumption of silkwares and demand for silk
an analysis by country
technical progress and structural change
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accounted Anatolia Appendice Statistica areas Asian Asian silk Associazione serica average B-textiles bachi Beauquais 1910 Brussa Canton Cayez cent central China China Chinese cocoons commercio competition consumers costs countries diﬁerent estimate exports factories Federico 1994a ﬁ'om ﬁgures ﬁlatures ﬁnal ﬁnancing ﬁrst ﬁrst half ﬂuctuations France French consul Furuta growth Howard and Buswell imports increased India industriale industrialists Italian Italian silk Italy Japan Keishi and Tamotsu Krefeld Kyokawa labour Lombardy Lyons market share McCallion 1983 merchants Milan mulberry nineteenth century number of basins ofﬁcial organzines output Pariset peasants Piedmont price of silk proﬁts quality of silk ratio raw silk reeling ﬁrms Report Rondot sericulture seta sete Shangai silk content silk industry silk prices silk production silkwares silkworm soie Source southern China Statistical Appendix steam steam-reeling technical progress throwing thrown silk Tolaini tonnes Total Factor Productivity traditional United Kingdom Westem workers Yokohama