This is the follow-up and
companion collection to the already-published Great
Industries of the United States. With coverage of the wool,
cotton, pottery, iron, steel and shipbuilding industries,
and more, these volumes offer a comprehensive account of
late nineteenth-century industrial Britain. Written when
Britain, a mighty industrial force, was increasingly aware
of competition from other countries, the work aims to give a
detailed history of each great industry, as well as accounts
of the great industrialists and manufacturers.
Profusely illustrated throughout, Great Industries
was originally published by Cassell, and would have been a
popular ‘coffee-table’ book of its day, enhanced by the
numerous writers involved in the project. The articles
include H. R. Fox Bourne on foreign rivalries in industrial
products, W. Gordon Hogg on health and disease in industrial
occupations, James Henderson, Inspector of Factories, on
industrial legislation, and several biographies of eminent
captains of industry. There is also discussion of the role
of art, design and the craftsman in industry.
As with the earlier US work, this title is of great interest
in the study of business history and technology as well as
the individual industries covered. It includes an extensive
index by name and subject.