School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-As Bland makes clear, the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries was not just a matter of technological change. Her story leads to the factories and mines where women and children were employed for the lowest wages, to the rise of money-minded entrepreneurs, the attempts of the Luddites to destroy machines, the embracing of Methodism and Quakerism by the oppressed classes, and the concurrent wave of romantic emotionalism and imperial adventure that seized the educated. The text is well written and well documented. It is serious history, reflecting the social, economic, and religious issues currently being explored in research. The format, with few black-and-white reproductions and solid pages of print, is less than exciting, and the shaded inserts, mostly devoted to biographical sketches of prominent figures, interrupt the flow of the narrative. Nevertheless, this is an interesting and readable account of industrialism and its impact on the English people. It is an excellent resource, packed with basic information about people and processes, but also full of stimulating ideas about economics and class structure, religion and revolution, literacy and life.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Chris ShermanBland's account of Britain's Industrial Revolution, a new entry in the informative, attractively designed World History Library series, will be of use both to social studies and science students, as it covers information on the period as well as significant technological advances. A wealth of material on major events and personalities is delivered in an instructive, lively style that reveals the author's personal interest in her subject. Highlighted boxes of text, which feature special topics, such as women coal miners and the Luddite Riots, or brief biographies of social reformers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, offer additional insight into the social conditions and mores of the time. Detailed source chapter notes; chronology; extensive bibliography of historical sources and literature of the period.
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A good start to understanding the the 'whys' of history. Celia Bland shows a very good in-depth knowledge of cause and effect and presents a wealth of material in a clear, concise book. If your child reads and understands this book, he or she will be far better informed than many voting adults.