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The British machine tool industry, 1850-1914 by Roderick Floud

By Roderick Floud

Desktop instruments are very important to our business, metal-using society. This booklet is the 1st background of the British machine-tool in the course of a huge interval of its improvement, a time whilst it performed an important half within the transformation of the British financial system. the writer discusses the constitution of the undefined, its functionality in overseas exchange, and, via an research of the voluminous files of 1 enterprise, its potency and productiveness. This dialogue is put in the wider context of present controversies in regards to the behaviour of the British financial system in the course of the 'Great melancholy' of the later 19th century, and its conclusions don't help pessimistic perspectives of the functionality of British undefined. The e-book can also be meant as a contribution to the reason of the method of technological switch, an issue of accelerating curiosity to economists and financial historians

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Then they marched to Legbourne nunnery and captured the royal commissioners who were at work there. The Louth outburst was the signal for a rising throughout the county. Melton disregarded a message that reached him on 2 October that Yorkshire was not ready to rise and ordered a muster for the next day. On 3 October the commission for the subsidy was due to meet at Caistor. The priests of the neighbourhood were there also to attend the commissary’s court. The commons were alarmed by a rumour that their weapons were going to be confiscated and the priests feared their examination.

The purpose of the doctrine of the godly prince, elaborated by Tudor writers, was to assert, in Richard Taverner’s words, that kings ‘represent unto us the person even of God himself’. ’ Thus Sir John Cheke in The Hurt of Sedition was able to denounce the rebels of 1549 as sinning first against God, second against the king. The doctrine was one of non-resistance rather than obedience because it was usually qualified by a paraphrase of the apostle Peter’s statement in Acts 5:29 that ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’.

It was at this moment, when the country had just paid out the largest grant in taxation of the whole period 1485–1543, that Wolsey sent out commissioners to collect the Amicable Grant. He was desperate for money to satisfy the king’s urge to grasp the opportunity offered by the defeat of France at Pavia. The Amicable Grant belied its name, and the name’s novelty was an unhappy witness to the tax’s novelty. It was a levy of between one-sixth and one-tenth on the goods of the laity and one-third on the goods of the clergy.

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