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A Short History of the British Industrial Revolution (2nd Edition)

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The industrial revolution stands out as a key event not simply in British history, but in world history, ushering in as it did a new era of sustained economic prosperity. But what exactly was the 'industrial revolution'? And...

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The industrial revolution stands out as a key event not simply in British history, but in world history, ushering in as it did a new era of sustained economic prosperity. But what exactly was the 'industrial revolution'? And why did it occur in Britain when it did? Ever since the expression was coined in the nineteenth century, historians have been debating these questions, and there now exists a large and complex historiography concerned with English industrialisation. This short history of the British Industrial Revolution, aimed at undergraduates, sets out to answer these questions. It will synthesise the latest research on British industrialisation into an exciting and interesting account of the industrial revolution. Deploying clear argument, lively language, and a fresh set of organising themes, this short history revisits one of the most central events in British history in a novel and accessible way.

This is an ideal text for undergraduate students studying the Industrial Revolution or 19th Century Britain.

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Updated to include the exciting research and developments that have taken place in the field over recent years 
Written by a social historian, the book makes the economic history of the revolution clear and accessible
Written in a compelling style and illustrated with newspaper articles, photographs and graphs throughout 

 





Incorporates new research from this fast-moving field

Offers expanded discussion of `why Britain was first' 

Introduction
Counting Growth: Measuring the Economy
A Growing Population
A Mobile Population
Worlds of Work
The 'Mechanical Age': Technology, Innovation and Industrialisation
Coal: the Key to the British Industrial Revolution?
Why was Britain first? The Global Context for Industrialisation
Winners and Losers: Standards of Living in the Industrial Revolution
Bibliography
Index.

This book is an ideal starting point for students studying the industrial revolution, offering up-to-date and penetrating coverage of existing scholarship, while subtly making an original contribution to our understanding of the causes and character of the world’s first industrial revolution. – Peter Maw, University of Leeds, UK
This book is an excellent introduction to the British Industrial Revolution. Emma Griffin has digested a wealth of complex debates to create a convincing two-phase model of growth which makes sense of living standards, population, natural resources and work. – Alysa Levene, Oxford Brookes University, UK
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EMMA GRIFFIN is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She has previously taught at Cambridge and Sheffield and held visiting fellowships in New York and Paris. She is the author of England's Revelry: A History of Popular Sports and Pastimes, 1660-1800 (OUP 2005) and Blood Sport: A History of Hunting in Britain Since 1066 (Yale 2007) and has appeared on BBC radio and television.

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EMMA GRIFFIN is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She has previously taught at Cambridge and Sheffield and held visiting fellowships in New York and Paris. She is the author of England's Revelry: A History of Popular Sports and Pastimes, 1660-1800 (OUP 2005) and Blood Sport: A History of Hunting in Britain Since 1066 (Yale 2007) and has appeared on BBC radio and television.

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