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Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850

Ivy Pinchbeck, Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850.London: George Routledge, 1930. x + 342 pp. Review Essay by Joyce Burnette, Department of Economics, Wabash College. burnettj@wabash.edu A Pioneer in Women’s History: Ivy Pinchbeck’s Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850 During the past twenty years economic historians have begun to pay more attention to […]

Child Workers and Industrial Health in Britain, 1780-1850

Published by EH.Net (February 2014) Peter Kirby, Child Workers and Industrial Health in Britain, 1780-1850.  Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK:  Boydell Press, 2013. xi + 212 pp.  $30 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-84383-884-5. Reviewed for EH.Net by Carolyn Tuttle, Department of Economics, Lake Forest College. This book significantly contributes to the child labor literature in discerning the health of […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

The History of American Labor Market Institutions and Outcomes

Joshua Rosenbloom, University of Kansas One of the most important implications of modern microeconomic theory is that perfectly competitive markets produce an efficient allocation of resources. Historically, however, most markets have not approached the level of organization of this theoretical ideal. Instead of the costless and instantaneous communication envisioned in theory, market participants must rely […]

The Roots of American Industrialization, 1790-1860

David R. Meyer, Brown University The Puzzle of Industrialization In a society which is predominantly agricultural, how is it possible for industrialization to gain a foothold? One view is that the demand of farm households for manufactures spurs industrialization, but such an outcome is not guaranteed. What if farm households can meet their own food […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

Child Labor during the British Industrial Revolution

Carolyn Tuttle, Lake Forest College During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Great Britain became the first country to industrialize. Because of this, it was also the first country where the nature of children’s work changed so dramatically that child labor became seen as a social problem and a political issue. This article examines […]

Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time

Published by EH.Net (January 2012) Paul W. Rhode, Joshua L. Rosenbloom, and David F. Weiman, editors, Economic Evolution and Revolution in Historical Time. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. xx + 461 pp. $60 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-8047-7185-6. Carolyn M. Moehling, Department of Economics, Rutgers University. A recent review in this series described festschrifts as ?an […]

The Birth of Modern Europe: Culture and Economy, 1400-1800: Essays in Honor of Jan de Vries

Published by EH.NET (December 2011) Laura Cruz and Joel Mokyr, editors, The Birth of Modern Europe: Culture and Economy, 1400-1800: Essays in Honor of Jan de Vries. Leiden: Brill, 2010. xiv + 259 pp.. ?99/$141 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-90-04-18934-8. Reviewed for EH.Net by Paul M. Hohenberg. Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (emeritus). Festschrifts are an […]

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism

Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Published by EH.NET (June 2010) Joyce Appleby, The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism.? New York: W. W. Norton, 2010. xii + 494 pp. $30 (cloth), ISBN: 978-0-393-06894-8. Reviewed for EH.NET by Paul M. Hohenberg, Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ? Someone who sets out […]