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The Growth of English Industry and Commerce

By Cunningham, W.

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Title: The Growth of English Industry and Commerce  
Author: Cunningham, W.
Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought


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Excerpt: INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. 1. EIGHT hundred years have now passed since William of Normandy carried out a great survey of the kingdom he had secured, and embodied the result of his enquiry as to its economic condition in Domesday Book. This work stands out as a great monument which plainly records the general character of English life in bygone days, though there is much difficulty in interpreting the details of the information it contains. A very little consideration of its plan and contents serves to bring to light extraordinary contrasts between the past and the present, and to show the nature of the difficulties which we must face when we attempt to trace and to describe, the course which English industrial progress has from that time pursued. One need hardly add that there are additional difficulties in regard to the still earlier ages from which but little accurate information survives.

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CONTENTS. INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. 3 . A basis of comparison. An accurate survey of England iu given in Domesday Book. . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2. Industrial contrasts. The comparison of Domesday with modern England brings out contrasts in the relative importance of different industries and different districts. . . . . . . 1 3. Contrasts in conditions of life. It also shows contrasts in the character of town and country life. . . . . . . 2 4. Contrasts in social structure. Domesday puts before us great diffe~ ences in the social structure in legard to Capital, to Labour, and to Land. Additional difficulties in study are presented by the changes in the conno- tation of terus. . . . . . . . . . . . 4


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