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The Impact of Technological Change: The Early Steamship in Britain

John Armstrong and David M. Williams


This book presents an in-depth study of the impact of the steamship on Britain during its first forty years, roughly between 1810 and 1850. It relates the early steamship to several industrial themes including diffusion; construction; modernisation; the role of government - particularly the difficult attempt to align laissez-faire politics with the greater need for public safety measures due to technological advance; business and finance; plus public reaction and tourism. The aim is to establish the significance of the steamship as a conduit of modernisation and societal change. It consists of ... More

Keywords: Modern Shipping, British Shipping, Age of Steam, British Leisure Industry, Shipping Technology, The Industrial Revolution, Steamship Services, Steam Navigation, Laissez-Faire Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780986497377
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497377.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Armstrong, author

David M. Williams, author

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