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Rethinking the Industrial Revolution
Five Centuries of Transition from Agrarian to Industrial Capitalism in England
The feudal state is often viewed as a passive actor in the rise of capitalism. Žmolek here corrects the record.
Žmolek offers the first in-depth study of the evolution of English manufacturing from the feudal and early modern periods within the context of the development of agrarian capitalism. With an emphasis on the relationship between Parliament and working Britons, this work challenges readers to 'rethink' the perception of the role of the state in the first industrial revolution as passive.