The Industrial Revolution

Overview

"Revolution" is a powerful, violent word. But it is scarcely powerful or violent enough to describe the changes created by the process known as the industrial revolution. That radical upheaval, which began in England two centuries ago and spread around the globe, completely remade human society. In his introduction to this volume, historian Peter N. Stearns calls the industrial revolution "one of those rare occasions in world history when the human species has altered its framework of existence." In this unique volume, Stearns and coauthor John
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Overview

"Revolution" is a powerful, violent word. But it is scarcely powerful or violent enough to describe the changes created by the process known as the industrial revolution. That radical upheaval, which began in England two centuries ago and spread around the globe, completely remade human society. In his introduction to this volume, historian Peter N. Stearns calls the industrial revolution "one of those rare occasions in world history when the human species has altered its framework of existence." In this unique volume, Stearns and coauthor John Hinshaw examine this process of fundamental change, both from a global vantage point and close-up. They chronicle the progress of industrialization from 1760 to the present in all developed countries worldwide. Their goal is to create a portrait of the industrial revolution that reflects both its tremendous scope and its varied forms. The volume focuses on the transformation of industry itself - the impact on work, factories, inventions, and government involvement in the workplace. But it also examines the revolution's enormous social impacts, such as alienation, consumerism, communism, unemployment, and the altered roles of women and black workers. It offers readers an in-depth understanding of the upheaval that has affected our lives more profoundly than any event since the invention of agriculture. Features of this user-friendly volume include a comprehensive introduction that places the industrial revolution in historical and social perspective, an extensive bibliography, a timeline that spans four centuries, and a subject index. The text is enhanced by more than 40 illustrations.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A good starting point for research; recommended for public and academic libraries."

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Library Journal

"This book focuses on the central developments and changes in industrialization from the 18th century to the present day. An extensive bibliography and index are included; each entry has references and see-also citations. The language makes it easy for middle-grade students to consult, but its general sophistication also makes it a good starting point for older researchers. An excellent purchase for reference collections."

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School Library Journal

Library Journal
Many think of the Industrial Revolution as a phenomenon confined to Great Britain, parts of Europe, and the United States. Not so, say Stearns (The Industrial Revolution in World History, Westview Pr., 1993) and Hinshaw, a researcher and contributor, who believe that several regions of the world have realized change and continue to evolve due to industrialization. With such a global outlook in mind, their book acts as an encyclopedic guide to historical events, trends, people, legislation, processes, and the effects of the revolution from the 18th century to the present. Entries on topics such as cartels, five-year plans, Luddites, and South Korea are offered in a brief and readable format. Biographical entries range from the famous (Henry Ford, Joseph Stalin) to the not-so-famous (Sergei Witte, William Cockerill). Cross references, bibliographies, and illustrations accompany many entries; a chronology of significant events and a more extensive bibliography complete the book. One minor complaint: the book contains definitions for "pink-collar workers" and "white-collar workers" but none for "blue-collar workers." A good starting point for research; recommended for public and academic libraries.Elaine M. Lucas, Moline P.L., Ill.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThis book focuses on the central developments and changes in industrialization from the 18th century to the present day. The broad coverage includes such entries as the "Enclosure Movement," "Statute of Apprentices," "Corn Laws," and "Environment." Particular attention is given to the ramifications of this modern transformation on other aspects of life, such as its effects on women and children and how it altered the nature of war. Many of the topics are not addressed in general encyclopedias. Alphabetically arranged, with two-column pages, the articles vary in length from one column to several pages. An extensive bibliography and index are included; each entry has references and see-also citations. Black-and-white reproductions of photographs and posters break up the text. The language makes it easy for middle-grade students to consult, but its general sophistication also makes it a good starting point for older researchers. An excellent purchase for reference collections.Marsha S. Holden, Lincolnwood Public Library, IL
Booknews
An encyclopedia focusing on the central process of change in manufacturing from the 18th century to the present, though some ramifications and peripheral topics are also discussed. Considering industrialization worldwide, includes such entries as automation, child labor, strikes, Luddites, the steam engine, Marxism, and housework. Includes a chronology. Well referenced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874368246
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Series: World History Companions Series
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Defining the Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution 3
Chronology 293
Bibliography 299
Illustration Credits 311
Index 313
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