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Lancashire on the Scrapheap : Cotton Industry, 1945-70, Hardback Book

Lancashire on the Scrapheap : Cotton Industry, 1945-70 Hardback

Part of the Pasold Studies in Textile History series


This is a study of the final phase in the history of the Lancashire cotton industry, from 1945 until the industry's absorption by the man-made fibre producers during the 1960s.

The opening chapter surveys the history of the industry before 1939.

In the following four chapters there is a detailed treatment of the cotton industry in the 1940s, paying particular attention to the involvement of government in long run planning, and cotton textiles' contribution to the postwar recovery of the British economy. Lancashire's declining fortunes in the period of renewed overseas competition in the 1950s and 1960s are the focus of attention in the remaining five chapters.

Consideration is given to the effects of falling demand on labour relations, restrictive trade practices, and investment decisions. The main conclusion to be drawn is that the industry's collapse was inevitable in the absence of protectionist policies, and that the economy would have benefitted from the freeing of resources which an even faster decline of cotton could have effected. The work is intended for economic, political, and social history postgraduates and 3rd year undergraduates, as well as those interested in regional, industrial, and trade union history.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 269 pages, tables throughout
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780199210619



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