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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 31 of the 1983 second edition of Peter Mathias’s 1969 book, The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain 1700-1914:

Industrialization in Britain, from at least the mid-eighteenth century onward, is usually taken, rightly, as the classical case of spontaneous growth, responsive primarily to market influences and underlying social, institutional forms, not organized consciously by government design in the interests of promoting industrial growth.