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The Birth of Industrial Britain

1750-1850, 2nd Edition

By Kenneth Morgan

Routledge

216 pages

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The Industrial Revolution had a profound and lasting effect on socioeconomic and cultural conditions in Britain.

The Birth of Industrial Britain examines the impact of early industrialisation on British society in the century before 1850, coinciding with Britain’s transition from a late pre-industrial economy to one based on industrialisation and urbanisation.

This fully revised and updated second edition provides a comprehensive range of pedagogical material to support the text, including a Glossary of terms, people and parliamentary acts, new primary source documents and a brand new Chronology and ‘Who’s Who’ section. The Birth of Industrial Britain provides an essential up-to-date synthesis of the impact of the Industrial Revolution on British society for students at all levels.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Introduction

1. THE BIRTH OF INDUSTRIAL BRITAIN

PART TWO: ANALYSIS

2. WORK AND LEISURE

Agriculture

Domestic Industry and the Factory

Women’s Work

Child Labour

Legislation on Labour Practices

Leisure and Recreation

3. LIVING AND HEALTH STANDARDS

The Demographic Context

Housing and the Environment

Real Wages

Regional and Occupational Wage Variations

Female and Child Labour, Family Budgets and Entitlements

Height and Health

4. RELIGION AND SOCIETY

The Church of England

The Rise of Evangelicalism

Methodism and Society

5. POPULAR EDUCATION

Elementary Schools

Sunday Schools

Voluntary Schools and Monitorial Education

State Provision for Schools

Factory Schools

Poor Law Schools

Literacy and the Curriculum

Social Control and Elementary Education

Adult Education

6. THE OLD AND NEW POOR LAWS

The Operation of the Old Poor Law

The Old Poor Law under Pressure, 1793–1832

Changing Views on the Old Poor Law

The Royal Commission on the Poor Law, 1832

The Poor Law Amendment Act, 1834

The Implementation of the New Poor Law

The Poor Law in Scotland

7. POPULAR PROTEST

Grain Riots and the Moral Economy of the Crowd

Wilkes and Liberty

Revolutionary Protest?

The Luddites

From Luddism to the Reform Bill Riots

Chartism

8. CRIME, JUSTICE AND PUNISHMENT

The Operation of the Law

Prosecution

Enforcing the Law

Physical Punishments

Convict Transportation

Prisons

PART three: assessment

9. CONCLUSION

PART FOUR: DOCUMENTS

1. New Lanark, A model factory, 1784–91

2. Occupations in 1851

3. Richard Oastler on child labour in Yorkshire Mills

4. Festivals, holidays and local communities

5. Two family budgets, 1794

6. Pauperism and public health, 1842

7. Annual leverage price of British wheat per quarter, 1801–51

8. Average weekly wages in some industrial, 1849–51

9. Religion and class, 1849

10. The visitation of Chesterfield, 1751

11. A Methodist class meeting, c.1822

12. Samuel Bamford on Sunday schools

13. Work and discipline in the monitorial school, 1810

14. A view of workhouse education, 1838

15. Address at the opening of the London mechanics’ institution, 10 February 1824

16. The duties of an assistant overseer of the poor, 1832

17. Settlement examination and removal order, Wiltshire, 1766

18. The Speenhamland decision, 6 May 1795

19. A pauper letter of 1826

20. The principle of ‘less eligibility’

21. A Cornish bread riot, 1773

22. Parliament against trade unionism, 1799

23. A warning from Ned Ludd, 1812

24. The Peterloo Massacre, 1819

25. The ‘Swing’ protests in Norfolk

26. The Chartist land plan

27. Chartism and a trial for sedition

28. Attitudes towards the Game Laws

29. Old Bailey proceedings, 1764

30. The state of the prisons in England and Wales, 1777

References

Further Reading

About the Author

Kenneth Morgan is Professor of History at Brunel University and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His books include Bristol and the Atlantic Trade in the Eighteenth Century (1993) and Slavery and the British Empire (2007).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century