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Econometrics, Industrial organisation, Local and regional, Political, Political economy, Socio-economic
Matthew Pawelski MA
My (early draft) project title is: ?Re-interpreting the Industrial Revolution: the case study of the Derbyshire Lead Industry'.
- The main aim of this project is to examine the processes of capital formation, capitalisation, industrialisation and specialisation from the local context. The Industrial Revolution has, for the most part, been considered within the realms of the national economy: with the coal, cotton and iron industries dominating our perceptions of the period. However, these industries were a culmination of changes occurring in a variety of localities and a variety of other industries. The Derbyshire Lead Industry is one example of an industry which developed capital intensive works early but then gradually fell into decline during the period associated with the ?Industrial Revolution' (1760 ? 1830). My research is concerned with examining and assessing the role played by this 'underclass' of local industries in the above processes of change.
- I am also currently researching the history of accounting to facilitate the collaboration I have established with the Derbyshire Record Office (DRO), in Matlock. This collaboration was formed to collect, rationalise and digitise the various Lead Mine Reckoning books which are scattered amongst a variety of merchant family papers and miscellaneous collections. The research into accounting history and practices is therefore intended to enhance the quality of my finished digital product which will be made available for future researchers and through the DRO educational scheme.
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