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The Prospect manufacturing survey

Many of the old industries have gone and its image is still poor, but British manufacturing has reinvented itself over the past 20 years and remains an essential part of the economy—as the government's new strategy paper acknowledges. The story…
Michael Prest  

Lakshmi Mittal

Mittal is the wealthiest steelman since Andrew Carnegie. But there's little sign that the Indian tycoon shares his American predecessor's political engagement or philanthropic instinct
Tim Bouquet  


Modern memory leaps too fast from the steam age to the information age. In between, at the end of the 19th century, was a spectacular epoch of light and power inventions which shaped the modern world. And the story of…
Simon Schaffer  

Mass consumption chic

Art deco made mass production into art. How long before our own age of consumerism is also artified, and the McDonald's "M" winds up in the V&A?
Paul Barker  

The oil curse

The history of oil investment in the developing world hints at trouble ahead for the multinationals in Iraq
Daniel Litvin  

A Kazakh drama

On the oil-rich steppes of Kazakhstan the return of Stalinist show trials is destroying central Asia's most promising country
Anthony Robinson  

Real business

British industrial decline does not date back to the 19th century, but to the lack of competition up to the 1980s and the failure to join Europe in the 1950s
Michael Prowse