By Richard Barras
This two-volume booklet explores how the good structures of britain endure witness to one thousand years of the nation’s historical past. In all ages, funding in iconic constructions reaches a climax while the present mode of creation is working such a lot successfully, surplus wealth is such a lot abundant, and the dominant category ideas very best. in the course of such sessions of balance and prosperity, the call for for brand new constructions is powerful, structural and stylistic thoughts abound, and there's fierce festival to construct for lasting status. every one such climax produces a distinct classic of hegemonic constructions which are monuments to the wealth and tool of these who governed their global.
this primary quantity offers an creation to the learn of wealth accumulation over the last millennium. There persist with 3 case experiences of iconic construction funding from the 11th to the 17th century. through the 11th and 12th centuries the conquering Norman kings and barons erected castles during the kingdom to cement their feudal strength. through the 13th and fourteenth centuries the nice wealth of the ecclesiastical estates funded the lavish development of Gothic cathedrals and abbeys. in the course of the 16th and early 17th centuries Tudor and Jacobean magnates vied to construct the main really good palaces and prodigy homes. The English Revolution introduced this period to a close.
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Population growth accelerated, creating a pool of surplus labour which could supply the workforce required for large-scale industrialization. Investment in a cluster of new technologies based on coal and steam effected a transformation of manufacturing industry, spearheaded by leading sectors such as textiles, iron and steel, and heavy engineering. 0 % per annum. 1 Of Works and Monuments 25 Britain moved rapidly from an agricultural to a manufacturing economy during the course of the nineteenth century.
Ownership of the family dwelling has become the means by which the accumulation of wealth has spread down through the social hierarchy. For the owner-occupier of a residential building, its function as a home is inextricably linked with its function as a store of wealth. The same is true for an enterprise that owns and occupies a commercial building. The building constitutes one of its principal productive assets, along with its plant, machinery, and stock, and its function as a productive asset underpins its function as a store of wealth.
In particular, the shock of the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century was so severe that population levels may not have surpassed their pre-plague peak until some point in the seventeenth century. Under these constraints, real output per capita could grow only slowly and intermittently. The onset of the Industrial Revolution in the second half of the eighteenth century changed everything. Population growth accelerated, creating a pool of surplus labour which could supply the workforce required for large-scale industrialization.