Revisiting the World's Fairs and International Expositions


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Paris Industrial Exposition of 1806


  • Hafter, Daryl M. "The Business of Invention in the Paris Industrial Exposition of 1806." Business History Review 58 (1984): 317-35.
    The infusion of inexpensive English goods into the French market signaled the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. French work traditions and the work force hindered the development of a similar movement in France. The Paris Industrial Exposition was launched in an effort to encourage French businesses to modernize. Hafter concludes that the exposition lead to the beginning of modern light industry in France.