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Atlas of Industrializing Britain, 1780-1914 by John Langton, R. J. Morris

By John Langton, R. J. Morris

This atlas attracts jointly an important social and fiscal info on England, Scotland and Wales among 1780 and 1914, and provides a transparent consultant to the economic improvement of significant Britain in the course of the smooth interval.

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Differential vital and migrational experience created differing regional population patterns in nineteenth-century Britain, as the preceding maps demonstrate. Intra-regional contrasts were often even greater than regional or rural/urban. Sub-regional analysis points to distinctive environmental, socio-economic and demographic relationships within communities. In pre-census periods these may be partly reconstituted from parochial and local records. From 1841 it is possible to link registration and published tabulations, and individual and household data are available from the census enumerators’ books (Lawton, 1978b).

Attention needs to be concentrated on patterns of railway shareholding, stock exchange transactions, company amalgamations and shifts in their head offices and the spatial patterns in government revenue gathering and spending. Britain, as ever, was in the nineteenth century, a nation of nations. National identities remained in a variety of ways. Wales was marked by language and a distinctive religious response to industrialization. Some of its distinctive nature was a result of older cultural characteristics.

These strategies could not provide a long-term solution however, since comparatively little land was left to be reclaimed and increased inputs led to diminishing returns. Sustained increases in output could only be brought about by changes in farming technology so that more food could be produced from the same area of land. Technological change took many forms, from the rearrangement of existing systems of husbandry to the introduction of new crops and new systems of farming. Associated changes in the countryside ranged from the transformation of the physical landscape to the creation of new social relations between the groups involved in agricultural production.

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