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Before the Luddites: Custom, Community and Machinery in the English Woollen Industry, 1776 1809 Adrian Randall

Before the Luddites: Custom, Community and Machinery in the English Woollen Industry, 1776 1809

Adrian Randall

Published January 29th 2004
ISBN : 9780521893343
Paperback
340 pages
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Before the Luddites is a study of the early Industrial Revolution in the English woollen cloth-making industry in the West of England and Yorkshire which concentrates upon the social background of and response to change. It is particularly concernedMoreBefore the Luddites is a study of the early Industrial Revolution in the English woollen cloth-making industry in the West of England and Yorkshire which concentrates upon the social background of and response to change. It is particularly concerned to explain the reasons for and the effect of Luddism. This book argues that resistance to machinery had a long history before the Luddite disturbances of 1811 12 and that this response to change sprang from a community culture which was deep-rooted and hostile to the values of economic individualism embodied by the new economy and to laissez-faire.