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The British Industrial Revolution

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Between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century, Great Britain experienced the world's first industrial revolution. In the space of just three or four generations, a society of peasant farmers living life according to the ancient rhythms of nature was rebuilt into a dynamic industrial community of smokestack factories and great bustling cities. As the iron railroad replaced the horse-drawn wagon and the steamship overshadowed the sailing ship, Britain's economic transformation became the model of modernity ...

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Overview

Between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century, Great Britain experienced the world's first industrial revolution. In the space of just three or four generations, a society of peasant farmers living life according to the ancient rhythms of nature was rebuilt into a dynamic industrial community of smokestack factories and great bustling cities. As the iron railroad replaced the horse-drawn wagon and the steamship overshadowed the sailing ship, Britain's economic transformation became the model of modernity for the rest of the world. While industrialization brought wealth, it also brought with it new social problems-urban squalor, economic inequality, and environmental pollution. The British Industrial Revolution looks at how and why the Industrial Revolution occurred and what its consequences were for the ordinary men, women, and children caught up in its extraordinary changes.

Milestones in Modern World History introduces students to seminal historical events that helped shape the modern world. Bolstered by biographical sketches, illustrations, photographs, excerpts from primary source documents, and first-person narratives, this curriculum-based series is ideal for students writing reports.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604134988
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Milestones in Modern World History Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,439,275
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Great Exhibition 7

2 Britain Before the Industrial Revolution 19

3 The Capitalist and Consumer Revolutions 31

4 The Revolution in Farming 43

5 The Textile Revolution 55

6 The Age of Iron and Steam 68

7 The Rise of the Industrial City 81

8 The Demand for Reforms 91

9 An Industrialized World 103

Chronology and Timeline 113

Notes 117

Bibliography 118

Further Resources 120

Picture Credits 121

Index 122

About the Author 127

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