Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 December 2018

240 Pages | 50 b/w figures/illus.

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198797838

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The Useful Knowledge of William Hutton

Culture and Industry in Eighteenth-Century Birmingham

Susan E. Whyman

  • Tells the story of William Hutton, a self-taught workman who rose to prominence in the rapidly-expanding city of eighteenth-century Birmingham
  • Shows how the city of Birmingham grew in prominence during the two major events of the eighteenth-century--the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment
  • Employs newly-discovered sources to reveal what it was like to live during the Industrial Revolution, with its rapid economic and social change
  • Explores the notion that the Industrial Revolution was not simply a time of technological change, but also was an intellectual and cultural renaissance
  • Shows the boom of self-education during this time, allowing unschooled people to participate in literate society
  • For the first time, considers the causes of the Priestley riots from the viewpoint of a victim, based on newly-discovered manuscripts