Not Making, Digging, or Growing

Roderick Floud

in The People and the British Economy, 1830–1914

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780192892102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670602 | DOI:
Not Making, Digging, or Growing

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This chapter examines the service sector from 1830–1914. In Britain, as in every country which has experienced economic development, industrialization created among consumers a greater and greater demand for non-material goods. Indeed, Britain led the way in building up the service sector as a proportion of its economy and labour force. The chapter discusses the skills and characteristics of service sector employees, the impact of services; the impact of expenditures in travel, medicine, and entertainment; and results of the growth of retail and wholesale trade.

Keywords: travel; service sector; economic development; medicine; entertainment; retail trade; wholesale trade

Chapter.  7771 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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