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|1||Britain in 1750||1|
|2||Origin of the Industrial Revolution||12|
|3||The Industrial Revolution 1780-1840||34|
|4||The Human Results of the Industrial Revolution 1750-1850||57|
|6||Industrialization: The Second Phase 1840-95||87|
|7||Britain in the World Economy||112|
|8||Standards of Living 1850-1914||132|
|9||The Beginnings of Decline||150|
|10||The Land 1850-1960||173|
|11||Between the Wars||185|
|12||Government and Economy||204|
|13||The Long Boom||230|
|14||Society Since 1914||256|
|15||The Other Britain||278|
|16||A Harsher Economic Climate||298|
Ironically Observed and Elegantly Written
E.J. Hobsbawn, noted by the New Republic as one of the "great historians of our century", explores new and familiar ground in Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution. With more than a quarter of a million copies sold, Hobsbawn is the master of tackling those remaining historical questions. He speaks of the geography, the social issues, and government issues behind the revolution.
While some readers express some displeasure with Hobsbawn's bias towards communism, his exploration of the origins of the Industrial Revolution is thorough. It depicts Britain's rise to the top as a major industrial power, and then its sharp decline. The text does a fine job of incorporating political, economic, and historical perspectives to paint an accurate picture of the world as it existed hundreds of years ago.
If you are trying to obtain deep insight into this historical period, Hobsbawn's book is the ideal place to start. His work as a teacher in New York as well as a historical author has helped him become an expert in the field. His qualifications to write Industry and Empire are so rich that I've heard it described as "ironically observed" and "elegantly written." As he says, "what the contemporary observed sees is not necessarily the truth." For that, I recommend you to add this to your history bookshelf.