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A Wealth of Buildings: Marking the Rhythm of English by Richard Barras

By Richard Barras

This two-volume publication explores how the good constructions of britain endure witness to 1000 years of the nation’s background. In all ages, funding in iconic constructions reaches a climax while the existing mode of construction is working such a lot successfully, surplus wealth is so much considerable, and the dominant classification ideas ultimate. in the course of such classes of balance and prosperity, the call for for brand spanking new structures is robust, structural and stylistic suggestions abound, and there's fierce festival to construct for lasting popularity. each one such climax produces a different classic of hegemonic structures which are monuments to the wealth and gear of these who governed their international.

This moment quantity provides 3 case reports of iconic development funding from the eighteenth century to the current day. in the course of the eighteenth century the wealth of the nice landed estates funded the golden age of state condo construction by means of aristocracy and gentry. through the 19th century the commercial Revolution unleashed an unheard of wave of infrastructure funding and civic construction by means of the ascendant capitalist type. because the past due 20th century the facility of world monetary capital has been symbolized by way of the relentless upward thrust of urban centre workplace towers. a last bankruptcy argues that those varied kinds of hegemonic construction are a actual manifestation of the underlying rhythm of English history.

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4). Those on the lowest incomes could afford better food and clothing; those with higher disposable incomes could acquire more household goods (Porter 1991: 214–25). Between 1771 and 1831, the first phase of the Industrial Revolution transformed Britain from a predominantly rural economy based on agriculture to an increasingly urban economy based on manufacturing. This pivotal period corresponds to the transition from a Malthusian to a PostMalthusian economy according to the unified growth theory discussed in Chapter 2.

The demands of commercial capitalism led to a transformation of the nation’s financial system. It was the combination of commercial and financial capitalism that supported the development of the fiscal-military state. The growth of empire, trade, and economy was inextricably linked (Hobsbawm 1969: 48–54). Mercantilism reached its highest state of development in England during the seventeenth century, as the government implemented a series of measures to regulate overseas trade (Holderness 1976: 179–88).

Better tools, the substitution of animal for human labour power and, towards the end of the period, the introduction of machinery all made a contribution. Overall, the productivity of both agricultural land and labour is estimated to have doubled between 1700 and 1850. Such productivity gains did not result from radical technological breakthroughs of the type which defined the Industrial Revolution. Rather they were a cumulative outcome of the incremental process innovations pursued by improving landlords and farmers over a long period of time.

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