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‘Proto-industrialization’: The urge to generalize

  • L. A. Clarkson
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Part of the Studies in Economic and Social History book series (SESH)

Abstract

In the early 1970s an ugly new word — ‘proto-industrialization’ — entered the literature of economic history and since then has rapidly colonized books, articles and even undergraduate essays, spawning additional abstractions as it goes along. A new historical generalization had arrived, chiefly through the efforts of Franklin Mendels [64].

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© The Economic History Society 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. Clarkson
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  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK

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