The social history of a Midland business : Flower & Sons Brewers, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1870-1914
Reinarz, Jonathan (1998) The social history of a Midland business : Flower & Sons Brewers, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1870-1914. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is concerned with brewery workers in England between 1870 and 1914. It
deals with most aspects of labour management and workers' experiences, including
their recruitment, training, promotion, working conditions, benefits and retirement.
Besides being written in a way which mirrors most labourers' working lives, this study
is concerned with these institutions during a dynamic period in a particular industry at a
specific midland firm. Primarily, it examines working conditions and business practices
at Flower & Sons Brewery in Stratford-upon-Avon and the way in which these
evolved in relation to certain scientific and technological developments specific to the
late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although considering economic and
political conditions in their national scope, this study also emphasises the local context
of employment and business during this period.
Most recent histories of the English brewing industry have examined the state
of the trade at the turn of the century, as well as developments in science and
technology as they related to the trade. Few, however, have had anything to say about
the industry's workers, whether employed in manual or clerical capacities.
Consequently, this study is an attempt to fill a noticeable gap in the existing literature.
However, unlike past histories of labour, this study considers the experiences of the
trade's employees within a business-history framework, while always employing the
broadest possible definition of what constitutes a worker. It is through tracing a
particular firm's financial and administrative past, together with workers' experiences,
roles and duties, that makes this study a social history of a midland business.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Flower & Sons Brewery (Stratford-upon-Avon, England) -- History, Brewery workers -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century, Brewery workers -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Social History|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Lewis, Gwynne ; Lane, Joan|
|Sponsors:||Shakespeare Birthplace Trust ; Midland History Society|
|Extent:||viii, 366 leaves|
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