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5.0 out of 5 stars How today arrived
This little book is concerned with ordinary people, with labourers and merchants, not royalty and adventurers. It shows how people got by, and how they bettered their condition, a process to which the "famous" contributed astonishingly little. It is all the more fascinating for this.

The Industrial Revolution would not have been possible without the commercial...
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Jasper Masqueline

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3.0 out of 5 stars A real slogger of a book.
Whereas I have no doubt Mr. Wrightson knows his onions regards this subject, to me it read rather like a student's thesis. Far too many statistics stifle the flow of what could have been an excellent read left me struggling to plough through it. This is not one for the casual reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How today arrived, 18 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, 1470-1750 (The Penguin Economic History of Britain) (Paperback)
This little book is concerned with ordinary people, with labourers and merchants, not royalty and adventurers. It shows how people got by, and how they bettered their condition, a process to which the "famous" contributed astonishingly little. It is all the more fascinating for this.

The Industrial Revolution would not have been possible without the commercial and legal innovations of this "Early Modern" period. In 1470, prices were determined by authority, lending for interest was a crime, and any invention was considered public property for the good of the "common weal". By 1750, the modern market, the price mechanism (supply and demand), the joint-stock company and the patent laws stood ready to exploit the technologies that would make the modern world. The time between is truly the bridge between the medieval and the modern. Steam and gunpowder? Mere trappings!

Packed, engaging, informative, and very self-contained. I highly recommend this book, a remarkable exposition of the arrival of "today".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary People Matter, 15 Jan 2013
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This book shows two things well. Firstly that good research can find out about how ordinary people used to live. Recorded history is not just about the bigwigs. Secondly that, little by little, society transformed itself as the naton democratised and people began to see that they could make life better for themselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A real slogger of a book., 30 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, 1470-1750 (The Penguin Economic History of Britain) (Paperback)
Whereas I have no doubt Mr. Wrightson knows his onions regards this subject, to me it read rather like a student's thesis. Far too many statistics stifle the flow of what could have been an excellent read left me struggling to plough through it. This is not one for the casual reader.
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