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The Industrial Revolution : A Very Short Introduction - Robert C. Allen

The Industrial Revolution

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 23rd February 2017
ISBN: 9780198706786
Number Of Pages: 144

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The Industrial Revolution was a pivotal point in British history that occurred between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries and led to far reaching transformations of society. With the advent of revolutionary manufacturing technology productivity boomed. Machines were used to spin and weave cloth, steam engines were used to provide reliable power, and industry was fed by the construction of the first railways, a great network of arteries feeding the factories. Cities grew as people shifted from agriculture to industry and commerce. Hand in hand with the growth of cities came rising levels of pollution and disease. Many people lost their jobs to the new machinery, whilst working conditions in the factories were grim and pay was low. As the middle classes prospered, social unrest ran through the working classes, and the exploitation of workers led to the growth of trade unions and protest movements.

In this Very Short Introduction, Robert C. Allen analyzes the key features of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and the spread of industrialization to other countries. He considers the factors that combined to enable industrialization at this time, including Britain's position as a global commercial empire, and discusses the changes in technology and business organization, and their impact on different social classes and groups. Introducing the "winners" and the "losers" of the Industrial Revolution, he looks at how the changes were reflected in evolving government policies, and what contribution these made to the economic transformation.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Industry Reviews

An authoritative overview of recent perspectives on the Industrial Revolution which is very clearly written and a pleasure to read. * Nick Crafts, Professor of Economic History, University of Warwick *

1: Then and now 2: The pre-Industral Revolution, 1500-1700 3: Why the Industrial Revolution was British 4: The condition of England 5: Reform and democracy 6: The spread of the Industrial Revolution abroad References Further Reading Index

ISBN: 9780198706786
ISBN-10: 0198706782
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 23rd February 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 12.0  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.13

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