Essays on a Mature Economy

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Taylor & Francis, Nov 10, 2005 - Business & Economics - 464 pages

These unique papers were originally read at a conference on the new economic history of Britain at Harvard in 1970, and each is accompanied by a summary of the discussion that followed it. The participants of the conference represented a broad range of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic.

The first eleven papers deal with a variety of topics covering a period from 1840 to the 1920s. They focus on the performance of the British economy, and especially its businessmen, during the time of Britain's industrial maturity and relative decline. The papers and discussions reached a novel conclusion tha, contrary to commonly held opinion, the British economy performed well and that British businessmen were not lacking in entrepreneurial vigour compared with their German or American counterparts. But even more important for British historiography than this finding was the demonstration that economic and statistical methods can be applied successfully to the study of economic history. The papers in the concluding section discuss the origins and development of the new economic history and show that, as a substantial supplement to work along more traditional lines, its methods and application are both desirable and possible.

This collection serves as an interesting report of research into a key period in British history, and also as a useful introductory account of the new economic history in the United Kingdom.

This book was first published in 1971.

 

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Contents

The American tariff British exports and American
13
Demographic determinants of British and American
39
Rigidity and bias in the British capital market
83
British controls on long term capital movements
113
relatedness land tenure and the mechanization of
145
Yardsticks for Victorian entrepreneurs
239
International differences in productivity? Coal
285
Nihilistic impressions of British railway history
345
1 Railway passenger traffic in 1865
367
Is the new economic history an export product?
401
Is the new economic history an export product?
413
Can the new economic history become an import
423
a comment
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