Industrial Organization in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

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by George Unwin

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Unwin charts and explains the course of industrial transformation that occurred in England during the 16th and 17th centuries. The volume treats topics such as business organization and the rise of the corporation, the accumulation of productive capital and its control by a small number of entrepreneurs as well as the rise of modern finance and trade unions. But Unwin goes beyond a mere history industrial organisation, tracing the evolution of modern industrial classes and demonstrating that the emergence of distinct social classes in their modern form was closely associated with the division of labor. The result is an all-time economic history classic and required reading for students of economic history.

This New Edition has been typeset with modern techniques and contains a newly compiled Index of important topics. It has been painstakingly proofread to ensure that it is free from errors and that the content is faithful to the original.

Chapter I. The Amalgamation of the Crafts
Chapter II. Differentiation of Classes within the Craft Gild
chapter III. Industrial Capital v. Commercial Capital
Chapter IV. The Elizabethan Company
Chapter V. The Stuart Corporations of Small Masters
Chapter VI. Joint-Stock Enterprise and Industrial Monopoly
Chapter VII Protectionism under James I
Chapter VIII The Antecedents of the Trade Union
Appendix A.
Appendix B
Appendix C

George Unwin held the chair of economic history at Manchester from 1910 until his death in 1925. He contributed like no other scholar in the establishment of economic history as a serious line of inquiry in Britain, transplanting there the finest aspects of the by then mature continental European tradition. His work is set apart by the thoroughness of his primary research, his methodological rigor and clarity of prose. Many believe him to be among the most penetrating and philosophical minds ever to be attracted to economic history.

Bibliographic Information

Book Title
Industrial Organization in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Book Subtitle
New Edition
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
July 2013