chapter  I
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International Competition and Strategic Response in the Textile Industries Since 1870

Demand for clothing as a basic need and the comparative ease with which technology has diffused internationally has helped to place textiles, especially cotton goods , in a central position in the early stages of the industrialisation of many countries . l The international spread of factory-based textile industries , which began with the diffusion of cotton spinning and weaving technology from Britain to Europe and America , in the first half of the nineteenth century , has continued ever since . This ready diffusion of technology , and the onset and continued progress of foreign competition , makes the textile industries ideal for the examination of responses to an ever changing competitive environment.