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The People and the British Economy, 1830–1914
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The People and the British Economy, 1830–1914

Roderick Floud


The inspiration for this book comes from the words of Adam Smith: ‘Consumption is the sole end of and purpose of all production.…’ This book concentrates, in that spirit, on people rather on things; it describes the overall income and wealth of Britain, its growth, and how that income and wealth was produced by and distributed between different people in the population. Population growth has a central place, as do the changes in home and workplace, in the transformation of the lives of successive generations in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. Between 1830 and 1914 Britain became the world's m ... More

Keywords: Adam Smith, consumption, wealth, income, distribution, population growth, Victorian Britain, Edwardian Britain, investment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780192892102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roderick Floud, author
Stephen Wall is Britain’s former ambassador to the European Union.