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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective$
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Paul A. David and Mark Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263471

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.001.0001

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The Industrious Revolution and Economic Growth, 1650–1830

The Industrious Revolution and Economic Growth, 1650–1830

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The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Jan De Vries

British Academy

This chapter examines the scope and intensity of productive labour and its relationship to consumer aspirations. It demonstrates that changes in consumption demands play a role in the process of industrialization. The first ‘industrious revolution’ within the household sector reinforced significant changes in business organization, affecting both the international wholesale trade and the retail provision of goods. This phenomenon paved the way for the Industrial Revolution, which was advanced by new technologies and changes in organization.

Keywords:   productive labour, consumer aspirations, consumption demands, industrialization, industrious revolution, trade, Industrial Revolution

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