Volume 44 Issue 6 June 1994

Managing Decline? 1870-1990

Nick Crafts looks at political factors in the chequered history of British economic performance since the high noon of mid-Victorian Britain.

Cotton Waterway - 100 Years of Manchester and its Ship Canal

A hundred years ago the greatest civil engineering feat of the late Victorian age linked the Irish sea with the town that had become an international symbol of modern industrialisation. Douglas Farnie traces the interaction between a waterway and the economic and industrial fortunes of the North West and its 'Cottonopolis'.

Art for the People

G. Waterfield and Nicola Smith look at an initiative to blend industrial living and artistic appreciation in Victorian Britain.

The Entrepreneurial State, 1700-1914

Did the British state help the UK's transformation into a position of world industrial dominance? Were 'gentlemen capitalists' or no-nonsense industrialists fawned on or frustrated by government and its agents? Martin Daunton addresses a controversial historical debate.