Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 January 2011

300 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780986497377

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The Impact of Technological Change

The Early Steamship in Britain

John Armstrong and David M. Williams

Liverpool University Press

Research in Maritime History LUP

  • 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
  • Ultimately, it establishes that steamship services began to adapt to oceanic routes, steam began to integrate into the world economy, and the age of sail began to draw to a close