The First Industrialists: The Problem of Origins by François Crouzet

By François Crouzet

The 'first industrialists' have been the pioneers and leaders of the British business Revolution, the lads who based factories and different huge institutions, which have been commonplace of the hot economy. they'd a few precursors because the 16th century, yet, quite often, they have been a brand new breed, which emerged within the past due eighteenth century. They have been markedly various from the leaders of conventional undefined. This publication is concentrated at the social and occupational origins of these founders of modem British undefined: what sort of households did they arrive from? What used to be their profession ahead of they manage as industrialists? In discussing those and different concerns, this learn (based on Professor Crouzet's 1983 Ellen McArthur Lectures) makes a big contribution to the matter of social mobility in the course of the commercial Revolution.

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Of the origin of most of the wealthy firms which we find in the list of manufacturers; men who now possess half a million and in some cases a million and upwards sterling. Some of them might have been seen walking about the streets of Bolton, Manchester, and other places, from twenty to thirty years ago, with scarcely a shoe to their foot, a coat to their backs, or trousers that would hide their limbs; without the means of obtain­ ing a dinner for the day, or a lodging for the night. I have taken some little trouble to analyse the firms of Bolton .

In fact, they boil down to a handful - if not a couple - of examples; of these the best documented was established by William Stumpe, who between 1543 and 1552 used for that purpose the former monastery of Malmesbury. C. Coleman has rightly written that the true signifi­ cance of these 'factories' 'lies in their uniqueness, in the very absence of imitators'. 8 More significant is the Elizabethan period, which was remarkable for a number of bold entrepreneurs, of whom many belonged to the aristocracy (but some others to the gentry or to the merchant class).

So engineering had many small masters, who were hardly more than craftsmen, and a limited number of 'true' industrialists. 66 Such a structure was common to all the secondary metal indus­ tries, and especially to the scattered trades of Birmingham and Sheffield, which had few factories (which might employ 1 00 hands or more) and remained the preserve of myriads of small masters, as rising demand merely multiplied similar tiny units. e. 69 On the whole, the emergence of industrialists was a function of technological - and consequently organizational - change, of the opportunities for mass-production and economies of scale.

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