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date: 14 April 2024


The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Eric J. EvansEric J. Evans

During the years immediately before and after Dickens's birth, parts of Britain underwent a massive transformation which most economic historians are still prepared to call an ‘industrial revolution’. It did not produce overnight a country of ‘dark satanic mills’: Britain's economy owed at least as much to commerce and the provision of financial services as it did to textile factories. Even in industrial Lancashire and Yorkshire the transformation had not proceeded as far by the 1840s and 1850s as historians once used to believe. A return of Lancashire cotton firms in ... ...

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