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Family and Business During the Industrial Revolution

Hannah Barker


Small businesses were at the heart of the economic growth and social transformation that characterized the Industrial Revolution in Britain. In towns across north-west England, shops and workshops dominated the streetscape, and helped to satisfy an increasing desire for consumer goods. Yet, despite their significance, we know surprisingly little about these firms and the people who ran them, for, while those engaged in craft-based manufacturing, retailing, and allied trades constituted a significant proportion of the urban population, they have been generally overlooked by historians. Instead, ... More

Keywords: Industrial Revolution, trade, work, families, business, religion, domestic space, towns, generation, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198786023
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Barker, author
Professor of British History, University of Manchester