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|Arthur Shadwell (18541936)|
|Industrial Efficiency, by Arthur Shadwell (1905). This comparative study of industrial life in England, Germany, and America, important at its first appearance in 1905, has acquired additional significance owing to the outbreak of the Great War and the prospect of fierce industrial competition in the years succeeding the declaration of peace. It is written with the purely objective aim of presenting an impartial statement of facts and not with the desire to please or displease political or industrial combinations of any kind whatsoever. Dr. Shadwell deals out praise and blame with even-handed justice to Americans, Germans, and English, the English, for example, he says are less methodical than Germans, less alert than Americans. He discusses with great fulness of detail the industrial districts of the three countries, the standards of hours and wages, the general social conditions, the educational systems, and the benevolent institutions of Germany, the United States, and England. In the main, the picture which Dr. Shadwell draws is still sound, and his criticisms should be taken to heart by every reader in the three countries described, who really cares for the genuine progress of the nation to which he belongs and is not a mere chauvinist or egomaniac.|| 1|