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One of the most controversial issues of British Economic History is the living standards during the industrial revolution. ''Pessimists'' against ''optimists'' oppose their ideas about whether the standards of living during the industrial revolution impro4 star(s)
For example, could an increase of 20% in real wages,offset a loss of 20% in political rights?In other words,was the significance of real wages in the early 19th and late 18th century the same with nowadays? Real wages One of the most typical and predicted ways to estimate the standards of living, is the evaluation of real wages. Williamson argued strongly that real wages increased especially after 1820 for the workers, as a compensation for the harsh conditions that experienced during the their transition from rural to urban areas.
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Such an approach would only be taken if the increased productivity would justify this higher expenditure. For this to be the case the inputs required had to be cheap and their applications produce a remarkable rise in yield as well as the prices for produce remaining high. In the first half of the nineteenth century there are indications that this was the case: Limits on an intensification of British agriculture were no longer present.2 British agriculture was undoubtedly in a strong position by 1870 yet in the two decades which followed this a marked decline in agriculture can be seen.
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To what extent did the idea of a separate sphere(TM) of life for women become eroded in the period 1870-1914?4 star(s)
It is only then that definitive factors, such as marriage legislation and employment, can be properly contextualised and understood, and the underlying concept appropriately analysed. The most obvious factor behind 'separate spheres' is difference. Having cross referenced a number of historical texts, there are two texts in particular that stand out, and unsurprisingly they contradict each other. In Ruth Adam's 'A Woman's Place 1910-1975', she interprets this difference in terms of men and women's roles. We can infer from her text that there was no such thing as two different worlds as there was only one world and that was 'a man's world'5.
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