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Dr William J. Ashworth Bsc (Hons), MA, PhD

Reader in History History

    Publications

    Selected Publications

    1. "The Industrial Revolution and the Ideological Revolution: Science, Neoliberalism and History" (Journal article - 2014)
    2. The Ghost of Rostow: Science, Culture and the British Industrial Revolution (Journal article - 2008)
    3. Customs and Excise: Trade, Production and Consumption in England, 1640-1845 (Book - 2003)
    4. ‘System of terror’: Samuel Bentham, accountability and dockyard reform during the Napoleonic Wars∗ (Journal article - 1998)
    5. The Industrial Revolution: The State, Knowledge and Global Trade (Book - 2017)

    2017

    The Industrial Revolution: The State, Knowledge and Global Trade (Book)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2017). The Industrial Revolution: The State, Knowledge and Global Trade (First ed.). London: Bloomsbury.

    2016

    The Demise of Regulation and Rise of Political Economy: Taxation, Industry and Fiscal Pressure in Britain 1763-1815 (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2016). The Demise of Regulation and Rise of Political Economy: Taxation, Industry and Fiscal Pressure in Britain 1763-1815. In Rossner (Ed.), Economic Growth and the Origins of Modern Political Economy: Economic Reasons of State, 1500-2000 (pp. 122-136). London: Routledge.

    2014

    "The Industrial Revolution and the Ideological Revolution: Science, Neoliberalism and History" (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2014). "The Industrial Revolution and the Ideological Revolution: Science, Neoliberalism and History". History of Science, 52(3), 178-199.

    Commentary: British Sea Power: Authority, Expertise and the State, 1800-1950 (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2014). Commentary: British Sea Power: Authority, Expertise and the State, 1800-1950. Journal for Maritime Research, 16, 103-116.

    The British industrial revolution and the ideological revolution: Science, Neoliberalism and History (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2014). The British industrial revolution and the ideological revolution: Science, Neoliberalism and History. HISTORY OF SCIENCE, 52(175), 178-199. doi:10.1177/0073275314529860

    DOI: 10.1177/0073275314529860

    2012

    Industrialization (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2012). Industrialization. Oxford Online Bibliography.

    The Impact of Transatlantic Trade on the Commercialization of England, 1660-1700 (Conference Paper)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2016). The Impact of Transatlantic Trade on the Commercialization of England, 1660-1700. In Garner, & Richter (Eds.), Wolfenbutteter Arbeiten zur Bacockforschung Vol. 54 (pp. 33-48). Wolfenbüttel: Herzog August Library.

    2011

    Dierdre N. McCloskey, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2011). Dierdre N. McCloskey, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can't Explain the Modern. Unknown Journal, 53(4), 656-659.

    2010

    "Quality and the Roots of Manufacturing 'Expertise' in Eighteenth Century Britain" (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2010). "Quality and the Roots of Manufacturing 'Expertise' in Eighteenth Century Britain". OSIRIS, 25, 231-254.

    "Smuggling in the Eighteenth Century" (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2010). "Smuggling in the Eighteenth Century". BBC History Magazine, 8, 46-51.

    2009

    'Measurement Systems' (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2009). 'Measurement Systems'. In A. Iriye, & P. Yves (Eds.), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History (pp. 701-706). London: Palgrave.

    Jennifer Karns Alexander, The Mantra of efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. (2009). Jennifer Karns Alexander, The Mantra of efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control. Unknown Journal, Xliv, 183-185.

    Martin Daunton, State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism, (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2009). Martin Daunton, State and Market in Victorian Britain: War, Welfare and Capitalism,. Unknown Journal, 62, 488-489.

    Measurement (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2009). Measurement. In A. Iriye, & P. Y. Saunier (Eds.), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History (pp. 701-706). Basingstoke: Palgrave.

    Michael S. Reidy, Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty's Navy, Chicago, 2008 (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2009). Michael S. Reidy, Tides of History: Ocean Science and Her Majesty's Navy, Chicago, 2008. Unknown Journal, 50, 705-706.

    Taxation in Colonial America, Princeton, 2008 (Journal article)

    Rabushka, A. (2009). Taxation in Colonial America, Princeton, 2008. Unknown Journal, 10, 875-876.

    2008

    "Revenue, Production and the early-Modern English/British State" (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2008). "Revenue, Production and the early-Modern English/British State". In S. Cavaciocchi (Ed.), Fiscal Systems in the European Economy from the Thirteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries (pp. 1045-1055). Florence: Datini.

    Chris Evans and Goran Ryden, Baltic Iron in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2008). Chris Evans and Goran Ryden, Baltic Iron in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century. Unknown Journal, 61, 732-733.

    The Analytical Society 1812-13 (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2008). The Analytical Society 1812-13. In H. C. G. Matthew (Ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography (pp. 1-2). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    The Ghost of Rostow: Science, Culture and the British Industrial Revolution (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2008). The Ghost of Rostow: Science, Culture and the British Industrial Revolution. History of Science, 46(3), 249-274. doi:10.1177/007327530804600301

    DOI: 10.1177/007327530804600301

    2007

    S. D. Smith, Slavery, Family and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic: The World of the Lascelles 1648-1834 (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2007). S. D. Smith, Slavery, Family and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic: The World of the Lascelles 1648-1834. Unknown Journal, 60, 403-404.

    The Intersection of industry and the state in eighteenth-century Britain (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2007). The Intersection of industry and the state in eighteenth-century Britain. In L. Roberts, S. Schaffer, & P. Dear (Eds.), The Mindful Hand: Sites, Artefacts and the Rise of Modern Science and Technology (pp. 349-377). Chicago: University of Chicago.

    2006

    Eric Ash, Power, Knowledge and Expertise in Elizabethan England (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2006). Eric Ash, Power, Knowledge and Expertise in Elizabethan England. Unknown Journal, 47, 188-190.

    Steven Ruskin, John Herschel's Cape Voyage: Private Science, Public Imagination and the Ambitions of Empire (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2006). Steven Ruskin, John Herschel's Cape Voyage: Private Science, Public Imagination and the Ambitions of Empire. Unknown Journal, 97, 175-176.

    2005

    R.D. Connor and A.D.C. Simpson ed., Weights and Measures in Scotland: A European Perspective (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2005). R.D. Connor and A.D.C. Simpson ed., Weights and Measures in Scotland: A European Perspective. Unknown Journal, 46, 640-642.

    2004

    Industry and Transport (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2004). Industry and Transport. In C. Williams (Ed.), Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth Century Britain (pp. 346-358). Oxford: Blackwell.

    Metrology and the State: Science, Revenue, and Commerce (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2004). Metrology and the State: Science, Revenue, and Commerce. Science, 306(5700), 1314-1317. doi:10.1126/science.1102551

    DOI: 10.1126/science.1102551

    Michael Hoskin, The Herschel Partnership as Viewed by Caroline Herschel and Michael Hoskin, Caroline Herschel's Autobiographies (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2004). Michael Hoskin, The Herschel Partnership as Viewed by Caroline Herschel and Michael Hoskin, Caroline Herschel's Autobiographies. Unknown Journal, 37, ??.

    Practical objectivity: The excise, state, and production in eighteenth century England (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2004). Practical objectivity: The excise, state, and production in eighteenth century England. Social Epistemology, 18(2-3), 181-197. doi:10.1080/0269172042000249282

    DOI: 10.1080/0269172042000249282

    2003

    Customs and Excise: Trade, Production and Consumption in England, 1640-1845 (Book)

    Ashworth, W. (2003). Customs and Excise: Trade, Production and Consumption in England, 1640-1845. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    England and the Machinery of Reason, 1780-1830 (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2003). England and the Machinery of Reason, 1780-1830. In I. Morus (Ed.), Bodies/Machines (pp. 39-65). Oxford: Berg.

    2002

    Alex Hebra, Measure for Measure: The Story of Imperial, Metric, and other Units (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2002). Alex Hebra, Measure for Measure: The Story of Imperial, Metric, and other Units. Unknown Journal, 45, 438-439.

    2001

    Between the Trader and the Public: British Alcohol Standards and the Proof of Good Governance (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2001). Between the Trader and the Public: British Alcohol Standards and the Proof of Good Governance. Technology and Culture, 42(1), 27-50.

    Bruce Collier and James MacLachlan, Charles Babbage and the Engines of Perfection (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (2001). Bruce Collier and James MacLachlan, Charles Babbage and the Engines of Perfection. Unknown Journal, 93, 127-128.

    2000

    'England and the machinery of reason, 1780-1830 ' (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. (2000). 'England and the machinery of reason, 1780-1830 '. Canadian Journal of History, 35, 2-36.

    1999

    Michael J. Crowe, David R. Dyck and James R. Kevin eds., A Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John Herschel (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1999). Michael J. Crowe, David R. Dyck and James R. Kevin eds., A Calendar of the Correspondence of Sir John Herschel. Unknown Journal, ?(?), ??.

    1998

    John Herschel, George Airy, and the Roaming Eye of the State (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1998). John Herschel, George Airy, and the Roaming Eye of the State. History of Science, 36(2), 151-178. doi:10.1177/007327539803600202

    DOI: 10.1177/007327539803600202

    ‘System of terror’: Samuel Bentham, accountability and dockyard reform during the Napoleonic Wars∗ (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1998). ‘System of terror’: Samuel Bentham, accountability and dockyard reform during the Napoleonic Wars∗. Social History, 23(1), 63-79. doi:10.1080/03071029808568020

    DOI: 10.1080/03071029808568020

    1997

    Labour harder than thrashing": John Flamsteed, property and intellectual labour in early nineteenth century England (Chapter)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1997). Labour harder than thrashing": John Flamsteed, property and intellectual labour in early nineteenth century England. In F. Wilmoth (Ed.), Flamsteed's Stars: New Perspectives on the Life and Work of the First Astronomer Royal, 1649-1719 (pp. 215-230). Rochester: Boydell and Brewer.

    1996

    Memory, Efficiency, and Symbolic Analysis: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, and the Industrial Mind (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1996). Memory, Efficiency, and Symbolic Analysis: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, and the Industrial Mind. Isis, 87(4), 629-653. doi:10.1086/357650

    DOI: 10.1086/357650

    1994

    The calculating eye": Baily, Herschel, Babbage and the business of astronomy (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1994). The calculating eye": Baily, Herschel, Babbage and the business of astronomy. British Journal for the History of Science, 27(4), 401-444.

    1992

    Richard Yeo, Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain (Journal article)

    Ashworth, W. J. (1992). Richard Yeo, Defining Science: William Whewell, Natural Knowledge and Public Debate in Early Victorian Britain. Unknown Journal, 50(2), 260-262.
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