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Published: 01 April 2017

144 Pages | 10 black and white illustrations

6.9 x 4.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198706786

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The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

Robert C. Allen

Very Short Introductions

  • Discusses the role of the Industrial Revololution, particularly in Britain, as a turning point in the creation of our own modern world
  • Offers a brief overview of the many changes that took place in Britain between the middle of the eighteenth century and the middle of the nineteenth, including the growth of income and population, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of commercial wealth and the decline of landed wealth, social protest, and economic reform
  • Considers the impact industrialization and the proliferation of factories and mass production had on class structure and social conditions
  • Analyzes the history of parliamentary reform in relation to the changes in economic and social structure, and shows how contemporary restructuring led to the Corn Laws, the Poor Law, enclosure, turnpikes, canals, trade unions, and urban sanitation
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide