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The Industrial Revolution: A History in Documents uses a wide variety of primary source documents to chronicle a period of great international social and technological change that began in England in the 18th century. Improvements were made to the steam engine that meant that many tasks that had been done by hand in the past could be mechanized. With locomotives and steamships, goods could now be transported very quickly and within a reasonably predictable time. Other changes included the use of iron and steel, invention of new machines that increased production (including the spinning jenny), development of the factory system, and important developments in transportation and communication (including the telegraph). Thay all led to agricultural improvements, a wider distribution of wealth, political changes reflecting the shift in economic power, and sweeping social changes. This book relies on primary sources such as personal diaries, advice books, poems, business reports, letters, photos, and essays to tell the story behind this rapidly changing period and its far-reaching effects.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Frader presents the development of the Industrial Revolution through a complex mixture of documents and narrative. After a general introduction on how to read documents for context as well as content, she begins each chapter with an overview of the topic, followed by a combination of her own words in bold or as captions and primary documents. The author introduces and places in context letters, diaries, government reports, laws, songs and poems, association statements, newspaper articles, posters, paintings, illustrations, and photographs of artifacts. The widely varied and fascinating black-and-white illustrations have good resolution and are an integral part of the narrative. The author emphasizes the socially complex results of the Industrial Revolution, including the great hardships the new labor force experienced. She concludes with an afterword in which she balances the negative with the positive social changes that have resulted from the new technologies that, through improved means of production, transportation, and communication, have brought about "rising living standards, and the expansion of leisure-not only for the middle class, but for workers as well-." Frader's style is clear and easily readable; however, the complexity and variety of the sources that constitute the total narrative make this a challenging though intriguing text for high school students. The time line at the end provides useful guideposts of significant events. A list of further reading arranged by topic completes the work.-Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195128178
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2006
  • Series: Pages from History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Frader is a Professor of history at Northeastern University. She specializes in French social and labor history and European women's and gender history, and has written extensively on these topics. Her publications include Peasants and Protest: Agricultural Workers, Politics and Unions in the Aude, 1850-1914 (University of California Press, 1991); Gender and Class in Modern Europe (co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, Cornell University Press,1996), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (co-edited with Herrick Chapman, Berghahn, 2004); The Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (Duke University Press, 2008) as well as many articles in English and French-language journals. She has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies, and serves on the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society.

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Table of Contents

What is a Document?
How to Read a Document?

Chapter One: Before the Industrial Revolution

Hard Work in the Countryside
The Power of Guilds
Labor Bondage
Rural Revolution

Chapter Two: The Age of Machines

The New Spirit of Enterprise
The Force of Steam
Race and Gender
Harsh Discipline and Awful Conditions

Chapter Three: Picture Essay: A Childhood at Work

Chapter Four: The Family and Private Life in the Industrial Age

Middle-Class Ideals
Working-Class Realities
Juggling Work and Family
The Endless Day

Chapter Five: Global Repercussions

World Trade in Slaves
Empire Building
Global Industrialization

Chapter Six: Protest and Resistance

From Violence to Organization
Socialism and Revolution
International Movements omen's Place: Home or Factory?
Governments Take Action

Further Reading
Text Credits
Picture Credits

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