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Marginal EuropeThe Contribution of Marginal Lands since the Middle Ages$
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Sidney Pollard

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206385.001.0001

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(p.viii) (p.1) 1 Introduction
Marginal Europe


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This study is the outcome of reflections on a puzzle familiar to many British economic historians: the geographical distribution of the leading regions in the British Industrial Revolution. Instead of developing out of the richest and most advanced regions such as London and the Home Counties, Bristol, or East Anglia, the great spurt in technological, economic, and social change termed the Industrial Revolution, and which was destined to change the course of world history, had its origins, rather surprisingly, in the main in parts of the country that may be termed ‘marginal’; defined, for the moment, as relatively poor, relatively backward, and located far from the centres of power and wealth. Lancashire and Yorkshire, the West Midlands, and the Durham, Northumberland coalfield, together with south-west Scotland, took the lead in technical and commercial innovations, and succeeded in keeping it for over a century.

Keywords:   Britain, Industrial Revolution, Mediterranean, geography, marginal areas, Europe

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