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1. The Pre-History of Industry

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The term 'pre-history' continuity between pre-industrial manufacturing and industrial manufacturing. This chapter explores the evolution of manufacturing in England to the middle of the seventeenth century. In the process, critiques of both the theory of proto-industrialization and J.U. Nef's concept of an 'early Industrial Revolution' are offered. The chapter addresses how they differ from Coleman's concerns. It discusses about an entirely distinct conception of 'agrarian capitalism' set in early modern England. The origins of the Industrial Revolution, expected that theorists attempt to trace a direct line of development endogenous to the manufacturing sector from the era of the guilds to modern, capitalist industry. The growing contradictions and disparities within the manufacturing and mercantile communities would shape the way in which merchants and craftsmen came to play key roles in this conflict.

Keywords:agrarian capitalism; England; industrial revolution; seventeenth century

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