Transport and the industrial city: Manchester and the canal age, 1750–1850

Maw, Pete (2013) Transport and the industrial city: Manchester and the canal age, 1750–1850. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719083600

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Abstract

This book presents the first scholarly study of the contribution of canals to Britain's industrial revolution. Although the achievements of canal engineers remain central to popular understandings of industrialisation, historians have been surprisingly reticent to analyse the full scope of the connections between canals, transport and the first industrial revolution. Focusing on Manchester, Britain's major centre of both industrial and transport innovation, it shows that canals were at the heart of the self-styled Cottonopolis. Not only did canals move the key commodities of Manchester's industrial revolution -coal, corn, and cotton - but canal banks also provided the key sites for the factories that made Manchester the 'shock city' of the early Victorian age. This book will become essential reading for historians and students interested in the industrial revolution, transport, and the unique history of Manchester, the world's first industrial city.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 09:36
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8091

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