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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
H. R. Keller.  The Reader’s Digest of Books.
The Growth of British Industry and Commerce
William Cunningham (1849–1919)
Growth of British Industry and Commerce, The, by William Cunningham (1882. 5th ed. 1912). The aim of the author of this work is twofold, to show how intimately the political and economic history of the English nation have been interconnected and to describe the actual course of the material progress of England. The first volume deals with early and mediæval times—the primitive English in Frisia, the Norman Conquest, the Danish invasion, the rise of feudalism, the beginnings of commercial policy, the craft gilds, the growth of a mercantile class, and of industry and internal trade, the age of discovery and the extension of English commerce under the Tudors. The second volume discusses the mercantile system; the patriotic spirit of the Elizabethans and the ambition for maritime power as a mainstay of national defense, as an instrument of attack on commercial rivals, and as a means of expansion; the landed and moneyed interests under Elizabeth; the trading companies under the Stuarts; the parliamentary regulation of commercial development after the Revolution. Volume iii. covers the laissez faire period,—the industrial revolution, the introduction of machinery in the textile trades, the movement for factory legislation. The author’s view of laissez faire in commerce is that it might be wise to abandon the policy for the sake of securing the food supply and of obtaining an open door for manufactures. These volumes are indispensable to every serious student of the subject. They are fully indexed. The table of contents is practically a synopsis. The text of a number of the original sources is given in an appendix, and there is an ample bibliography.  1

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