Review of Reviews,  16 (1897), 584–87.

The Engineers and Their Machines. The American Menace to British Industry




Publications abstracted:

Henry C S Dyer Cassier's Magazine James S Jeans Engineering Magazine


Engineers, Machinery, Industry, National Efficiency, Declinism

    Reports the 'revival of the ancient prejudice against the use of machinery for expediting work' during the current dispute, ostensibly over the eight hour day, between the engineers and their employers, observing that the idea 'has gained possession of the Engineers' Society that their true interest lies in limiting the output of machinery, and of putting artificial restrictions upon the liberty of the employers to make the best use of their machines' (584). Also records that 'the Americans are beating us hollow in the iron trade. This is partly due to natural advantage, but also to the absence of artificial restrictions with which our iron-masters have to deal' (585).

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