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The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain

Volume 2. Growth and Decline, 1870 to the Present

2nd Edition


Nicholas Crafts, Kevin O'Rourke, Tim Hatton, Bernard Harris, Ian Gazeley, Tom Nicholas, Avner Offer, Matthias Morys, David Chambers, Jari Eloranta, Michael Kitson, Jonathan Michie, Steve Broadberry, Peter Scott, Bob Millward, Gerben Bakker, Catherine Schenk, Roger Middleton, Roger Backhouse, Keith Tribe
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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107686731

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  • A new edition of the leading textbook on the economic history of Britain since industrialization. Combining the expertise of more than thirty leading historians and economists, Volume 2 tracks the development of the British economy from late nineteenth-century global dominance to its early twenty-first century position as a mid-sized player in an integrated European economy. Each chapter provides a clear guide to the major controversies in the field and students are shown how to connect historical evidence with economic theory and how to apply quantitative methods. The chapters re-examine issues of Britain's relative economic growth and decline over the 'long' twentieth century, setting the British experience within an international context, and benchmark its performance against that of its European and global competitors. Suggestions for further reading are also provided in each chapter, to help students engage thoroughly with the topics being discussed.

    • New edition comprised of completely new material including topics that reflect the most current concerns and recent literature
    • Demonstrates the importance of economic history and its relevance to current economic theory
    • Statistical and quantitative material is clearly explained and supported by graphs and diagrams
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107686731
    • length: 599 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 172 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 77 b/w illus. 71 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Economic growth during the long twentieth century Nicholas Crafts
    2. From empire to Europe: Britain in the world economy Kevin O'Rourke
    3. Population, migration and labour supply Tim Hatton
    4. Health and welfare Bernard Harris
    5. Income and living standards Ian Gazeley
    6. Technology, innovation and economic growth Tom Nicholas
    7. Consumption and affluence Avner Offer
    8. Cycles and depressions Matthias Morys
    9. The City and the corporate economy David Chambers
    10. Armaments and the economy Jari Eloranta
    11. The deindustrial revolution: the rise and fall of UK manufacturing, 1870–2010 Michael Kitson and Jonathan Michie
    12. The rise of the service sector Steve Broadberry
    13. The household economy Peter Scott
    14. Growth of the public sector Bob Millward
    15. Soft power: the media industries Gerben Bakker
    16. Sterling and monetary policy Catherine Schenk
    17. Economic policy and management Roger Middleton
    18. Economic ideas and ideology Roger Backhouse and Keith Tribe.

  • Editors

    Roderick Floud, Gresham College, London
    Roderick Floud has taught modern British history in the UK and the USA; his recent research has used information on human height and weight to explore changes in living standards and he is one of the founders of the sub-discipline of anthropometric history, summed up in The Changing Body (Cambridge, 2011) which has been widely praised. He wrote the first textbook of quantitative methods for historians and has edited all four editions of The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Britain. Roderick has also written extensively on higher education policy and received a knighthood for services to higher education. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Academician of the Social Sciences. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States and is currently Chair of the Social Sciences Committee of the European Science Foundation. He has recently embarked on a new research study of the economic history of British gardening.

    Jane Humphries, University of Oxford
    Jane Humphries is Professor of Economic History at Oxford University where she teaches economic and social history at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research has ranged across many issues to do with growth and development. She has also published extensively on gender, the family and the history of women's work. Her recent Ranki prize-winning monograph, Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution, involves a bold and innovative use of working-class memoir, studied both quantitatively and qualitatively, a methodology that she is developing further in her current study of women and girls' experiences of industrialization. She presented the recent BBC4 documentary, 'The Children Who Built Victorian Britain', which was based on her work. Professor Humphries is a Fellow of All Souls College, an Academician of the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the British Academy.

    Paul Johnson, University of Western Australia, Perth


    Nicholas Crafts, Kevin O'Rourke, Tim Hatton, Bernard Harris, Ian Gazeley, Tom Nicholas, Avner Offer, Matthias Morys, David Chambers, Jari Eloranta, Michael Kitson, Jonathan Michie, Steve Broadberry, Peter Scott, Bob Millward, Gerben Bakker, Catherine Schenk, Roger Middleton, Roger Backhouse, Keith Tribe

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