British Entrepreneurship in Poland

A Case Study of Bradford Mills at Marki near Warsaw, 1883-1939

Drawing upon an impressive range of international sources, this book explores the late-nineteenth century partnership between Bradford worsted manufacturers the Briggs brothers and the German merchant Ernst Posselt, and their subsequent foreign direct investment in a modern factory and workers' community at Marki, near Warsaw in Poland. Les mer
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Drawing upon an impressive range of international sources, this book explores the late-nineteenth century partnership between Bradford worsted manufacturers the Briggs brothers and the German merchant Ernst Posselt, and their subsequent foreign direct investment in a modern factory and workers' community at Marki, near Warsaw in Poland. Protectionism and increasing foreign competition are discussed, among many complex economic pressures on British industry, as likely catalysts for this enterprise and the general historiography of the Polish lands is explored to reveal a climate of extraordinary opportunity for well-capitalised foreign industrialists in this period. British, Polish and German press and archival documents, as well as Russian police and factory inspectors' reports reveal the everyday experience of Polish factory workers and British consular correspondence provides fascinating insight into the machinations of the entrepreneurs and Warsaw's cosmopolitan business community. Through the development and domination of market and raw materials sources, this venture is shown to have monopolised worsted manufacture in the Russian Empire, using state of the art technology to create, and modern marketing techniques to promote, its product range and evolving image. Marki was described in 1886 as 'a second edition of Saltaire' and latterly as 'the Polish Bournville or Port Sunlight', thus aspects of British and Polish social history are compared to assess the efficacy of introducing the model-community concept, in combination with a radical employment policy, to less industrially-developed Poland. The experiences of an expatriate community of skilled Yorkshire foremen and their instrumentality in diffusing British industrial technology throughout the Russian Empire are described. Against a backdrop of political instability and social upheaval, which dramatically impacted on business behaviour after 1905 and particularly during the interwar period of

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Contents: Introduction; 'We may join together faithfully to raise our fortunes': Britain's economic climate and the formation of the partnership in 1883; 'An English company, of English registration': the organisational form and financing of the foreign enterprise; 'To embark their energies in a part of the world more favourable': assessing the opportunity created by foreign protectionism; 'Goods to the east and profits to the west': industrial development in Poland and the advantages of Marki; 'British interests will be in no way served': the role of the British consul to assist foreign direct investment; 'Your word is gold and your friendship a good security': social and commercial networking in Warsaw; 'A piece of England on Russian soil': building, equipping and marketing the foreign factory; 'The Polish Bournville or Port Sunlight': paternalism, the model industrial community and employment policy at Marki; 'English foremen, English machinery and English business methods': international technology transfer and the Yorkshire community of Marki; 'Glowing accounts are being received from Warsaw': evaluating the firm's mode of operation and performance from 1883 to 1914; 'Under threats and at the revolver's point': political instability and its impact on business behaviour after 1905; 'The immensity of the calamity and the want of financial and material means': the history of Bradford Mills at Marki from 1914-39; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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Sarah Dietz is a textile specialist who has received awards from the Royal Society of Arts and the Worshipful Company of Weavers in association with the Textile Institute. Following a successful career in Yorkshire's wool industry, her PhD from the University of Bradford was shortlisted for the Herman E. Krooss Prize in 2014. She is currently working as an independent researcher with a particular interest in the shared social a