State versus market in the early historiography of the industrial revolution in Britain c.1890–1914

Howe, Anthony (2016) State versus market in the early historiography of the industrial revolution in Britain c.1890–1914. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 23 (6). pp. 897-918. ISSN 0967-2567

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Abstract

This article reveals how the emerging historiography of industrialisation in Britain moulded a lasting division between two explanations of its origins, one emphasising discontinuity, individual enterprise, and free markets, the other evolutionary change, the role of the state and the importance of empire. Both views were historically informed but led in contrary directions in the highly polarised politics of early twentieth-century Britain, the former linked to support for free trade and liberalism as the basis of economic welfare, the latter to support for Conservative tariff reform and imperial reconstruction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in an edition of a selection of papers presented at the Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought in Rome, May 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: industrial revolution,free trade,tariff reform,state,market
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 01:07
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59250
DOI: 10.1080/09672567.2016.1211158

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