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‘Glorious Times’: The Emergence of Mechanical Engineering in Early Industrial Britain, c. 1700-1850

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  • Christine MacLeod
  • Alessandro Nuvolari

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The primary aim of this paper is to explore the significance of the emergence and growth of mechanical engineering as a distinct industrial activity in early industrial Britain. The paper provides a survey of the most important interpretations put forward concerning the role of mechanical engineering in the early phases of industrialization. These interpretations are then confronted with data on the growth of the sector and with an analysis of the patterns of innovation carried out by means of a study of patent data. Our results broadly confirm the role of the sector as the main engine of technical progress in this historical phase.

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Article provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its journal Brussels economic review.

Volume (Year): 52 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3/4 ()
Pages: 215-237

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Handle: RePEc:bxr:bxrceb:2013/80759

Note: Numéro Spécial « Vers une nouvelle histoire économique des brevets ?» Editeurs :Claude Diebolt et Karine Pellier
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Keywords: Mechanical engineering; Machine making; Innovation; Patents; Industrial revolution;

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  1. Morgan Kelly & Joel Mokyr & Cormac Ó Gráda, 2013. "Precocious Albion: a New Interpretation of the British Industrial Revolution," Working Papers 201311, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.

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