Modern Industrialism: An Outline of the Industrial Organization as Seen in the History, Industry, and Problems of England, the United States, and Germany

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PREFACE

IT would have been a difficult task to write the history of Modern Industrialism in a work of five or six volumes. It is a still bolder undertaking to attempt it within the pages of a single book. Believing firmly in the necessity of a clear understanding of what our complicated industrial society means, I have attempted neither a work of many volumes nor a compact history of modern industry, but have endeavored to show in its essentials only what that history has been in three countries, how complicated industry is in the machinery of production, exchange and distribution, and finally what problems arise from the very nature of the complicated organization with which states are forced to deal. To facilitate this treatment the book is divided into the three parts: History, Industry, and Administration.

It is still further my belief that in our present industrial society are to be found all the essentials of the future state. If a people know what these are, to what purpose they may be utilized, how strong and how weak fundamental principles of organization are, they may look with greater confidence to the future of the industrial state. As a people, the inhabitants of the United States are confronted by more serious problems than the people of Great Britain or Germany. Our very institutions, our democ-

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Modern Industrialism: An Outline of the Industrial Organization as Seen in the History, Industry, and Problems of England, the United States, and Germany
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • A Practical Book by a Practical Man *
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • Part I- History 1
  • Chapter I- A Survey 3
  • Chapter II- Industrial Changes in England since 1760 20
  • Chapter III- Industrial Evolution of America 42
  • Chapter IV- The Rise of Germany 68
  • Part II- Industry 87
  • Chapter I- Extractive Industries 89
  • Chapter II- Transportation 115
  • Chapter III- Manufacture 133
  • Chapter IV- Forms of Industrial Organization 157
  • Chapter V- Commercial Institutions 176
  • Part III- Administration 195
  • Chapter I- Fundamental Questions 197
  • Chapter II- Interference 216
  • Chapter III- Regulation 235
  • Chapter IV- Government Ownership 256
  • Chapter V- Conclusion 273
  • Index 293
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