The Rise of a Victorian Ironopolis: Middlesbrough and Regional Industrialization

The Rise of a Victorian Ironopolis: Middlesbrough and Regional Industrialization

by Minoru Yasumoto


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Middlesbrough's rise was truly extraordinary, from almost nothing in 1850 to a great industrial city within a few decades, its success based on iron and steel.
This book examines the development. It discusses the role of urban planners, charts the growth of the iron and steel industry including the introduction of new manufacturing techniques and the exploitation of important local iron ore deposits, and explores the role of a vast range of self-help institutions through which workers supported themselves at a time when aid from the state was minimal.
It shows how industries "clustered", explaining why Middlesbrough became the hub of such a cluster; outlines the demographic nature of the workforce, showing how there was much migration, with people coming to Middlesbrough to work for a while then leaving; and concludes by examining the adverse factors which quickly became apparent, some of which were to lead to Middlesbrough's decline - over-dependence on one industry, a relatively undiversified economic and social structure, and insufficient urban infrastructure which left the city vulnerable to debilitating environmental pollution.

MINORU YASUMOTO is a Professor in the Faculty of Economics at Komazawa University, Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843836339
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/17/2011
Series: Regions and Regionalism in History Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Town Planning and the Birth of Middlesbrough
Industrial Agglomeration in the Cleveland Iron and Steel Industry
Demography and Urban Growth
The Labour Market in Cleveland Iron and Steel
Welfare Provision in Mid-Victorian Middlesbrough

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