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Business and Family in the North of England During the Early Industrial RevolutionRecords of the Lives of Men and Women in Trade, 1788-1832$
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Hannah Barker and David Hughes

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266700

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266700.001.0001

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Business and Family in Northern England during the early Industrial Revolution

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Business and Family in the North of England During the Early Industrial Revolution
Hannah Barker, David Hughes
British Academy

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.

Keywords:   Industrial Revolution, Trade, Work, Families, Business, Towns, Generation, Religion, Gender

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