5th Edition

The Industrial Revolution in World History

By Peter N. Stearns Copyright 2021
    304 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    304 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its fifth edition, this book explores the ways in which the industrial revolution reshaped world history, covering the international factors that helped launch the industrial revolution, its global spread and its impact from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day.

    The single most important development in human history over the past three centuries, the industrial revolution continues to shape the contemporary world. Revised and brought into the present, this fifth edition of Peter N. Stearns’ The Industrial Revolution in World History extends his global analysis of the industrial revolution. Looking beyond the West, the book considers India, the Middle East and China and now includes more on key Latin American economies and Africa as well as the heightened tensions, since 2008, about the economic aspects of globalization and the decline of manufacturing in the West. This edition also features a new chapter on key historiographical debates, updated suggestions for further reading and boxed debate features that encourage the reader to consider diversity and different viewpoints in their own analysis, and pays increased attention to the environmental impacts.

    Illustrating the contemporary relevance of the industrial revolution's history, this is essential reading for students of world history and economics, as well as for those seeking to know more about the global implications of what is arguably the defining socioeconomic event of modern times.

    1 Introduction: Defining the Industrial Revolution

    Part 1: The First Phase, 1760-1880: Western Primacy, Global Contexts, and Global Results

    2 Britain’s Revolution

    3 New Causes

    4 The Industrial Revolution in Western Society

    5 The Social Impact of the Industrial Revolution

    6 The Industrial Revolution Outside the West

    Part 2: The Second Phase, 1880-1950: The New International Cast

    7 The Industrial Revolution Changes Stripes, 1880—1950

    8 The Industrial Revolution in Russia

    9 The Industrial Revolution in Japan

    10 New Developments in Western Societies: A Second Revolution?

    11 The Industrial Revolution in International Context

    Part 3: The Third Phase, 1950s-2020s: The Industrialization of the World

    12 The Industrial Revolution in the Past Half Century

    13 New Industrial Revolutions: Transforming the International Balance Sheet

    14 Advanced Industrial Economies: A New Revolution?

    15 Globalization and Exploitation: A New World Economy

    16 Global Industry and the Environment

    17 Industrial Disruptions, 2008-2020

    18 Conclusions

    19 Suggestions for Further Reading


    Peter N. Stearns is University Professor and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University, USA.