By Richard Dennis

ISBN-10: 0080218016

ISBN-13: 9780080218014

ISBN-10: 0080218024

ISBN-13: 9780080218021

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In the eighteenth and especially the nineteenth century the operation of economic functions was removed from the biological family and was subject to new forms of organization associated with industrialization and the emergence of a mass society. At the same time the role of agriculture in English life declined substantially and more rapidly than in all other European countries. As a result, the differentiation between town and country and between manufacturing and farming became increasingly obvious as the nineteenth century progressed.

28). Apprenticeship and eventual membership of a gild gave a man status and privileges that were jealously guarded. Traders 32 A Social Geography of England and Wales and other foreigners were attracted to pre-in dust rial towns and whilst some outsiders, such as Dutch, Walloon and Huguenot refugees in Norwich, were readily assimilated, others occupied special quarters. The presence of Hanseatic merchants in London forms the classic example. These 'Easterlings' had occupied their 'Steel Yard' alongside the Thames since the tenth century and were trusted traders until the mid-sixteenth century when complaints were voiced and the 'Liberty of the Steel Yard' was seized by the Crown.

Agriculture and industry had co-existed with a high degree of harmony and within the context of the family whose unity was not seriously jeopardized. In the eighteenth and especially the nineteenth century the operation of economic functions was removed from the biological family and was subject to new forms of organization associated with industrialization and the emergence of a mass society. At the same time the role of agriculture in English life declined substantially and more rapidly than in all other European countries.

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