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Engines of Enterprise : An Economic History of New England

Engines of Enterprise : An Economic History of New England - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674009844

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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 2000
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Engines of Enterprise : An Economic History of New England - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674009844

Peter Ed. Temin

ISBN13: 978-0674009844
ISBN10: 0674009843
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

New England's Economy has a history as dramatic as any in the world. From an inauspicious beginning - as immigration ground to a halt in the eighteenth century - New England went on to lead the United States in its transformation from an agrarian to an industrial economy." "Engines of Enterprise tells this dramatic story in a sequence of narrative essays written by preeminent historians and ecconomists. These essays chart the changing fortunes of entrepreneurs and venturers, businessmen and inventors, and common folk toiling in fields, in factories, and in air-conditioned offices. The authors describe how, short of staple crops, colonial New Englanders turned to the sea and built an empire; and how the region became the earliest home of the textile industry as commercial fortunes underwrote new industries in the nineteenth century. They show us the region as it grew ahead of the rest of the country and as the rest of the United States caught up. And they trace the transformation of New England's products and exports from cotton textiles and machine tools to such intangible goods as education and software. Concluding short essays also put forward surprising but persuasive arguments - for instance, that slavery, while not prominent in colonial New England, was a critical part of the economy; and that the federal government played a crucial role in the development of the region's industrial skills.

Author Bio

Temin, Peter : Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter Temin is Elisha Gray II Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

1. The Birth of New England in the Atlantic Economy: from its Beginning to 1770
2. The Invention of American Capitalism: the Economy of New England in the Federal Period
3. The Industrialization of New England, 1830-1880
4. The Challenges of Economic Maturity: New England, 1880-1940
5. The Transition from a Mill-Based to a Knowledge-Based Economy: New England, 1940-2000
6. Reflections on the Origins, Development, and Future of the New England Economy
Slavery and Population Growth in Colonial New England
New England Industry and the Federal Government
The Future of New England

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