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Confronting Decline: The Political Economy of Deindustrialization in Twentieth-Century New England

David Koistinen


The book examines the impact of deindustrialization on the American political economy through a case study of the New England region. New England experienced dramatic downsizing in textiles and other traditional industries beginning in the 1920s and lasting for much of the twentieth century. The book concentrates on events in Massachusetts, by far the most populous New England state and the one hit hardest by industrial decline. The volume spotlights developments in the 1920s, 30s, and early 40s, when the problem of deindustrialization was new. Cold War–era episodes of industrial downsizing ar ... More

Keywords: deindustrialization, New England, Massachusetts, textile industry, political economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049076
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Koistinen, author