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The Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham 1560-1765

David Levine and Keith Wrightson


This is the first intensive study of an industrial community in early modern England. Whickham, a village built on an underground mountain of coal in north-east England, was arguably Britain's first modern industrial society. The authors of this book employ the latest techniques of socio-historical research and make full use of a wide variety of contemporary sources to explore many aspects of life in Whickham between 1560 and 1765. They bring together vital strands – including industrial development, agrarian change, social stratification, demography, religion, work, leisure, living standards, ... More

Keywords: Whickham, industrial society, industrial development, agrarian change, social stratification, industrialization, socio-economic change, demography, religion, living standards, kinship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198200666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Levine, author
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
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Keith Wrightson, author
Jesus College, Cambridge