The industrial revolution and the creation of the modern (national) state are two of the main historical processes to have occurred during the nineteenth century. Hitherto, these important processes have been treated in isolation to each other. This book argues that in order to get a better understanding of this period and the rise of modern industrial capitalism it is necessary to link the industrial revolution in its various forms to a political and institutional context of state-making and the creation of modern national states. Lars Magnusson demonstrates that industrial transformation was very much connected to state and military interests and was bolstered by elite groups who served such interests.The book acknowledges the important role of re-regulation for the emergence of modern industrial and market economies. Instead of being exceptions to the rule countries like Germany - which are acknowledged for the important role of the state in their industrial transformations - are shown to be typical. Even the industrial revolution in the UK is shown in the wider context of the emergence of modern and more effective forms of regulation.
In this book the author disentangles the numerous but highly important ways in which the state intervened in order to create the foundations - and to stimulate growth - of the modern industrial economy.