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