Business and Family in Northern England during the early Industrial Revolution
This introduction presents the historical and historiographical context in which the sources can be understood. It outlines some of the main themes raised by the sources including families, business, religion, gender and generation. It describes the importance of trade to the fast-growing towns of north-west England during the period of the industrial revolution, and the meanings of the terms ‘industrial revolution’ and ‘tradesmen’ (and women). It examines the nature of urban social structures during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the place of those ‘in trade’ within such hierarchies.
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