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The Making of an Industrial SocietyWhickham 1560-1765$
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David Levine and Keith Wrightson

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198200666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198200666.001.0001

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(p.428) Conclusion
The Making of an Industrial Society

David Levine

Keith Wrightson

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. The preceding four chapters attempted to reconstruct some eight generations of life in Whickham from a variety of distinctive perspectives. Each of these directs attention to a particular dimension of the history of the parish, and also endeavours to add a layer to our understanding of an unfolding process of economic and social change. Throughout, the authors have tried to explain the course of Whickham's development, to convey something of the complexity and historical contingency of that process, and to capture something of its texture as human experience: its benefits and costs, the ways in which it impinged upon the lives of individuals and groups, and the contributions that they made in turn to the restless dynamic of economic development and social structuring. Some central themes are discussed.

Keywords:   industrial development, economic change, social change, parish

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