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An Economic History of the Silk Industry, 1830–1930

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Economic History

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521105262

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  • This book examines the growth of the world silk industry. Professor Federico documents Western industrialization, the technical progress and the changing methods of production that enabled the silk industry to cope with increased demand. Silk became the first Japanese success story on the world market, with Italy retaining a sizeable share until labor was diverted as a result of its industrialization. Japanese industrialization also led its silk industry to a similar fate after the Second World War.

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    "...Federico's analysis offers many new insights often at variance with existing interpretations. Those interested in trade and development issues can consult his book with profit." Robert Y. Eng, American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521105262
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The characteristics of the industry
    3. The growth in the long run
    4. Consumption of silkwares and demand for silk
    5. The demand for silk: an analysis by country
    6. The roots of growth: agricultural production
    7. The industry: technical progress and structural change
    8. Institutions and competitiveness: the markets
    9. Institutions and competitiveness: the state
    10. Conclusions
    Statistical appendix

  • Author

    Giovanni Federico, Università degli Studi, Pisa

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