The aim of this bibliography is to provide the modern reader with a guide both to older literature of enduring value and to more-recent scholarship, especially to recent texts and to work which contains extensive historiographical and bibliographical commentary. It can thus be used as a springboard for further reading. It should be regarded as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, the original and revised bibliographies which accompanied earlier editions of the book. Particular emphasis is placed upon works which add to our understanding of those aspects of economic and social change which preoccupied Ashton. Important books and articles which involve debates and issues new since Ashton's day are also highlighted.
Several major works stressing different aspects of British industrialization were published in the first half of this century and remain important. These include P. Mantoux, The Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century ( revised edn. 1961); J. H. Clapham, An Economic History of Modern Britain vol. 1 ( 1926); and regional and sectoral studies, principally: A. P. Wadsworth and Julia de L. Mann, The Cotton Trade and Industrial Lancashire, 1600-,1780 ( 1920); H. Heaton, The Yorkshire Woollen and Worsted Industries ( 1921); W. H. B. Court, The Rise of the Midland Industries, 1600-1838 ( 1938); A. H. John, The Industrial Development of South Wales, 1750-1850 ( 1950); H. Hamilton, The Industrial Revolution in Scotland ( 1932); J. D. Chambers , The Vale of Trent 1670-1800, Supplement, Economic History Review ( 1957); T. S. Ashton, Iron and Steel in the Industrial Revolution ( 1924); T. S. Ashton and J. Sykes, The Coal Industry of the Eighteenth Century ( 1929); E. M. Sigsworth, Black Dyke Mills. The classic text on women also pre-dates Ashton: I. Pinchbeck, Women Workers and the Industrial Revolution ( 1930).
More-recent research has successively estimated and revised indices of national income, industrial output, capital formation, productivity growth, and other macro-economic indicators for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, principally: Phyllis Deane and W. A. Cole, British Economic Growth, 1688-1959 ( 1962); C. Feinstein and S. Pollard (eds.), Studies in Capital Formation in the United Kingdom ( 1988); C. Feinstein, "'Capital Formation in Great Britain'", in P. Mathias