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RZ-50395-05Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchUCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesThe First Generation of British Industrialists: Scientific Culture and Civic Life, 1780-18327/1/2005 - 12/31/2009$100,000.00MargaretC.Jacob   UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesCA90024-4201USA2005History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and MedicineCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs10000001000000

Production of a web site, and publication of articles and a book, that will document the scientific education of early British entrepreneurs and the ways in which their knowledge facilitated the industrial revolution. (36 months)

This historical study, a collaboration between Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart and two summer graduate research assistants, sees industrialization as part of a cultural process with scientific knowledge playing a central role. Because of previous collaborative work by Jacob and Stewart, historians and development experts now know much more about the cultural resources available to cotton manufacturers or steam engine makers. Now the humanistic study of industrial life has revealed the depth and sophistication of human agency, a model that contradicts a mechanistic vision of economic activity. The proposal will make the archives of ten industrial sites available on the www, and result in six or more articles and a co-authored book.