Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution

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Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution by Eric Hobsbawm

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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ISBN-13: 9781565845619
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 411
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About 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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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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.