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The Industrial Revolution in Scotland (New Studies in Economic and Social History) Paperback – 5 Feb 1993

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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st Edition edition (5 Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521576431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521576437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,058,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' … a very valuable addition to the series and should broaden perspectives beyond Scotland'. Labour History Review

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The Industrial Revolution in Scotland is an accessible account describing the nature and impact of early industrialisation, not only in the towns of the Borders and in Dundee, but also in the Highlands and Islands. The social and economic causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution are also considered.

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Christopher Whatley's book provides a very interesting and readable overview of Scotland's industrial revolution. However, at only 100 pages this only gives the briefest outline and I was left hungering for more detail, particularly on the great companies and how they fared.
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not read it all but got loads of info i need
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The story of the Industrial Revolution in England continues to fascinate--why did it occur here rather than somewhere else? Was it a matter of access to natural resources, especially iron ore and coal? Or more important was it the genius of the inventors who made more efficient and economic use of those resources? Or was it the nature of the people themselves, a superior race to any other, imbued with the proper Christian values of hard work, honesty, and demonstrations of Calvanistic choseness? No doubt it was a combination of all of these factors combined with singular historical accidents, all entangled in ways impossible to discern. No matter--it makes for an exciting thing to contemplate, as well as temptations to draw lessons for our own time.
Whatley has done a credible job of examining all of these factors in a most scholarly and objective fashion, synthesizing all of the more recently collated statistics and economic indicators and deriving some new insights how the revolution occurred in Scotland. He usefully compares the phenomenon with the antecedent events in England in order to make the analysis more reliable and pertinent. His style is pretty much that of an economic historian, making for some tough going at times. There is hardly a trace of the characteristics of the important personalities of the movers and shakers, which would make for a livelier read, perhaps. But this is available in other sources, and within his own sort of approach carries it off well, making the book valuable to professionals, but accessible to the interested layman as well.
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