In “Reconsidering the Industrial Revolution: England and Wales,” Wrigley omits vital information from the section “Urban Growth and Agricultural Change.” Arguing that by 1800, English agriculture was able to provide not only food for the rising population but also raw material for the industries, he cites wool and leather as the two largest industries in terms of value added in 1801 and leaves out building and cotton entirely. Therein lies the problem.
Kumar, M. (2020). Omission of Data in Wrigley’s “Reconsidering the Industrial Revolution”. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 51(2), 297-299. https://doi.org/10.1162/jinh_c_01558