Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution

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Premier historian Eric Hobsbawm’s brilliant study of the Industrial Revolution, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies in its original edition, is now back in print, updated for a new generation. In Industry and Empire, Hobsbawm explores the origin and dramatic course of the Industrial Revolution over two hundred and fifty years and its influence on social and political institutions. He describes and accounts for Britain’s rise as the first industrial power, its decline from domination, its special relation with the rest of the world, and the effects of this trajectory on the lives of its ordinary citizens. This new edition includes a fascinating summary of events of the last twenty years, and an illuminating new conclusion.

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A masterly survey of the major economic developments and changes of the last 200 years, sharply and ironically observed, and elegantly written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565845619
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 411
  • Sales rank: 305,363
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany, and England. He taught at Birkbeck College, the University of London, and the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes, and The New Press has published his books On History, Uncommon People, Industry and Empire, Bandits, On the Edge of the New Century, Revolutionaries, his memoir Interesting Times, On Empire, and Fractured Times. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.
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Table of Contents

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
5 Agriculture 1750-1850 75
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
Conclusion 317
Diagrams 325
Further Reading 376
Index 379
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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    Ironically Observed and Elegantly Written E.J. Hobsbawn, noted

    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.

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