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Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution: Early Industrial Capitalism in Three English Towns (University Paperbacks) [Paperback]

John Foster

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24 Feb 1977 University Paperbacks

Class Struggle and the Industrial Revolution represents both a continuation of, and a stark contrast to, the impressive tradition of social history which has grown up in Britain in the last two decades. Its use of sophisticated quantitative techniques for the dissection of urban social structures will serve as a model for subsequent research workers. This work examines the impact of industrialization on the social development of the cotton manufacturing town of Oldham from 1790-1860; in particular how the experience of industrial capitalism aided the formation of a coherent organized mass class consciousness capable by 1830 of controlling all the vital organs of local government in the town. This will be a useful study to any student of the industrial revolution.

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4.0 out of 5 stars How the English Working Classes Gained Political Recognition During the Industrial Revolution 12 Aug 2013
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This book, although written nearly 40 years ago, gives a fascinating insight into how working-class consciousness developed in 19th century England. Foster focuses his analysis on three towns - Oldham, Northampton and South Shields. I was particularly interested in the details of industrial life in Oldham, in southeast Lancashire, because that's where my own family comes from.

Anyone reading this book might well enjoy reading "Keeping Ahead of the Curve" which describes how five generations of one Oldham family survived the technological and social changes of the last two hundred years. This latter book is also available from Amazon, and is of more recent vintage than is John Foster's book!
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