9781409422181

Matthew Boulton: Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment

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  • ISBN13:

    9781409422181

  • ISBN10:

    1409422186

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-10
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

Matthew Boulton was a leading industrialist, entrepreneur and Enlightenment figure. Often overshadowed through his association with James Watt, his Soho manufactories put Birmingham at the centre of what has recently been termed 'the Industrial Enlightenment'. Exploring his many activities and manufactures-and the regional, national and international context in which he operated-this publication provides a valuable index to the current state of Boulton studies. Combining original contributions from social, economic, and cultural historians, with those of historians of science, technology and art, archaeologists and heritage professionals, the book sheds new light on the general culture of the eighteenth century, including patterns of work, production and consumption of the products of art and industry. The book also extends and enhances knowledge of the Enlightenment, industrialization and the processes of globalization in the eighteenth century.

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