Journal article

Baltic iron and the British iron industry in the eighteenth century


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Author list: Rydén, Göran

Publication year: 2002

Start page: 642

End page: 665

Number of pages: 24

ISSN: 0013-0117

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Before the revolution in coal technology that swept the British iron industry in the last years of the eighteenth century, native ironmasters were unable to meet the burgeoning demand for malleable bar iron. The shortfall was made good by imports of bar iron from the Baltic, first from Sweden, then from Russia. This article presents new empirical evidence on the role played by Baltic iron in the Georgian economy. It also considers the impact of Swedish and Russian iron on domestic ironmasters as they sought organizational, as well as technological, ways to overcome the energy constraints facing the industry.


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