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L. L. PRICE
FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD

AUTHOR OF
'A SHORT HISTORY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY IN ENGLAND FROM Adam SMITH

TO ARNOLD TOYNBEE' NTC.

LONDON

EDWARD ARNOLD, 37 BEDFORD STREET, STRAND

Blackwell 11-15-32 26974

PREFACE.

1732 USK

The scope of this Short History is explained in the Introductory Chapter. Its object is to give a brief account of the commercial and industrial development of England from the earliest times to the reign of Queen Victoria. The limits of space would, in any case, compel the selection of certain points for special treatment, and the omission of many others ; but an endeavour has been made to touch at least upon the most important events and characteristics of each period. An order of time has been followed so far as it has been possible; but in some instances it has been necessary to depart from this arrangement in order to complete a story. It is obvious that such a book cannot pretend to originality; and the obligations of the author to living writers like Professor Ashley and Dr. Cunningham, who have created Economic History for English students, are great. He is indebted also to many others; and the utmost that he can hope to have attained is to have consulted such authorities, so far as they have been accessible. It has been thought well, in order to permit, and if it may be to encourage, fuller study, to mention in the text, where opportunity has occurred, the chief books on which reliance has thus been placed. The history ends with the introduction of Free Trade, because with this event one period seems to close, and another to begin, and the incidents of the last period, which is now running its course, are as yet too close to allow of calm observation from a distance.

L. L. P. ORIEL COLLEGE, OXFORD,

October, 1900,

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