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The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

Published by EH.Net (June 2022). (Editor’s note: Because this review covers two books, Global Economic History and The Industrial Revolution, we have posted it twice, with one posting for each title, for the sake of easier searches.)   Robert C. Allen. Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. xiv + 170pp. […]

Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis

Published by EH.Net (August 2019) Nicholas Crafts, Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back: British Economic Growth from the Industrial Revolution to the Financial Crisis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018. vii + 152 pp. $25 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-108-43816-2. Reviewed for EH.Net by Tim Hatton, Department of Economics, University of Essex.   Nick Crafts is […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution

Joyce Burnette, Wabash College Historians disagree about whether the British Industrial Revolution (1760-1830) was beneficial for women. Frederick Engels, writing in the late nineteenth century, thought that the Industrial Revolution increased women’s participation in labor outside the home, and claimed that this change was emancipating. 1 More recent historians dispute the claim that women’s labor […]

Child Labor during the British Industrial Revolution

Carolyn Tuttle, Lake Forest College During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Great Britain became the first country to industrialize. Because of this, it was also the first country where the nature of children’s work changed so dramatically that child labor became seen as a social problem and a political issue. This article examines […]

Mothers of Innovation: How Expanding Social Networks Gave Birth to the Industrial Revolution

Published by EH.Net (June 2013) Leonard Dudley, Mothers of Innovation: How Expanding Social Networks Gave Birth to the Industrial Revolution.? Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.? xxi + 275 pp. $68 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-4438-4096-5.?Reviewed for EH.Net by Eric Jones, La Trobe University. The author, professor of economics at the University of Montreal, is a […]

Bengal Industries and the British Industrial Revolution, 1757-1857

Published by EH.Net (March 2013) Indrajit Ray, Bengal Industries and the British Industrial Revolution, 1757-1857. New York: Routledge, 2011. xiii +290 pp. $145 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-0-415-59477-6. Reviewed for EH.Net by B. R. Tomlinson, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The topic of the enforced deindustrialization of Asia as a consequence of the […]

Locating the Industrial Revolution: Inducement and Response

Published by EH.NET (December 2011) Eric L. Jones, Locating the Industrial Revolution: Inducement and Response. Singapore: World Scientific, 2010. vii + 272 pp. $68 (hardcover), ISBN: 978-981-4295-25-3. Reviewed for EH.Net by Dan Bogart, Department of Economics, University of California — Irvine. The Industrial Revolution is often modeled as a national or continental phenomenon.? The most […]