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Background to this project: This book is intended to replace a volume on industrialization in the series originally signed with Jurgen Kocka. Kocka withdrew from the series last year. The project presented here, along with a book on law (again to replace a previously-contracted author) will be the last of the volumes to be commissioned in the Making of Europe series. The commercial potential for the book is likely to be relatively modest in our markets, but Jacques Le Goff, the series editor, and the other publishing partners, feel strongly that the series venture would be incomplete without the theme of industrialization (and law) represented. The series has given us the opportunity to be associated with some high-profile, successful books (e.g. Brown's 'Rise of Christendom'; Eco's 'Search for the Perfect Language'; Tilly's 'European Revolutions' etc.) and I don't feel we can withdraw support at this stage. Sales and publishing strategies for the series have varied but the following are representative: Brown/Rise of Western Christendom - 2e published 11/02 pb life sales BPL 1849; BPI 4314 Bade/Migration in European History - published hb only 7/03 hb life sales BPL 131; BPI 115 Schulze/States, Nations and Nationalism - 'trade' hb pub 1995 life sales BPL 703; BPI 806. pb pub 1/98 life sales BPL 1707; BPI 763 Bock/Women in European History - pub simultaneously 12/01 hb life BPL 105; BPI 102. pb life BPL 273; BPI 567 Main blurb: This is a general history of industrialization in Europe, from the beginnings of industrial change in the eighteenth century to the present day. It provides a comparative overview of the process, weaving in the experience of Britain - often seen in isolation - to the experience of Europe as a whole. The book explores the way in which European industrialists from the late eighteenth century succeeded in conquering manufacturing markets all over the world, fuelling imperial ambition. It also examines the social and cultural effects of industralization: demographic transition, mass emigration, urbanisation, the rise of working class, the diffusion of universal suffrage. The book traces the 'completion' of industrialization in the twentieth century. Here, for instance, the United States came to the fore in industrial leadership, but there were other models of industrialization at play, in the Soviet Union, in Japan, and so forth. After the Second World War, the two sides of Europe became fully industrialized. The present-day challenge for Europe is to compete with non-European manufacturers and to convert to a predominantly service economy. Alongside a general narrative history, the author provides a clear overview of the continuing debates on industrialization: can we talk of a defined moment of revolution? who benefited? who lost out?
This Companion brings together 32 new essays by leading historians to provide a reassessment of British history in the early twentieth century. The contributors present lucid introductions to the literature and debates on major aspects of the political, social and economic history of Britain between 1900 and 1939. Examines controversial issues over the social impact of the First World War, especially on women Provides substantial coverage of changes in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as in England Includes a substantial bibliography, which will be a valuable guide to secondary sources
Professor Wrigley, an authority on Lloyd George's relationship with the Labour Movement, has produced a brief life of Lloyd George which draws on both the vast literature on him and on the main archival collection. Professor Wrigley assesses the main features of Lloyd George's career beginning with his early days when he established a major reputation as a fiery Radical concerned with Welsh political and social issues in North Wales in the 1880s and 1890s. He then discusses the social reform strand in Lloyd George's career up to the First World War. A third theme is Lloyd George's attitude to Britain's foreign policy, including the waging of war in South Africa (1899-1902) and on the continent of Europe and elsewhere during the First World War (1914-1918). He considers Lloyd George's reputation as the maker of peace and the main architect of reconstruction after the First World War. The final theme is Lloyd George's search for new causes and for electoral support after his fall from the premiership in 1922. Professor Wrigley surveys the biographical writing on Lloyd George and concludes this book with an attempt to assess this most elusive and mercurial of major British figures of this century.
Arthur Henderson is a pivotal figure in the emergence of the British trade union and labour movement. Along perhaps with Herbert Morrison and James Callaghan, he has been the central and most representative personality in the British Labour party's evolution from being a party of protest to becoming a party of power. Professor Chris Wrigley, an outstanding authority on British labour developments, traces his career from trade-unionist to international statesman.