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1. Introduction: theory and history Part I. The Culture of Business Networks 1750-1860: 2. Industrialisation and the cotton industry in Britain and the United States 3. Family firms, networks and institutions to 1860 4. The management of labour to 1860 5. Networks and the evolution of government-industry relations to 1860 Part II. Continuity and Change: 6. Consolidation and change, 1860-1914 7. Prosperity and decay in war and peace, 1914-39 8. The turbulent years, 1939-80: the politics of decline 9. Conclusion.