The Last Shift: The Decline of Handloom Weaving in Nineteenth-century Lancashire

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Manchester University Press, 1993 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
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By arguing that hand weaving persisted well into Victorian times, bolsters the position of those who emphasize the gradual nature of British industrialization, a view that has been out of fashion for the past few decades. The study is based on new estimates of the number of hand weavers from parish registers and census counts. Also includes a historiographical review of the changing balance of hand and power weaving in the cotton industry. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

The cotton industry and outzvork
9
The economic importance of hand weaving in the early nineteenth
35
Impact on settlement fitrmation
59
The change to cotton weaving
78
The onset of decline in cotton hand weaving
91
The survival of hand weaving in the midVictorian period
107
The means of survival
128
Bibliography
189
Appendices
200
A2 Computing hand weaver numbers in mia Victorian Lancashire
224
A3 Statistical techniques
241
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