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The Rise of Modern Industry

ISBN 9780415850407
Published March 7, 2013 by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

First Published in 2005. This book is written for the general reader and not for the specialist. It is an attempt to put the Industrial Revolution in its place in history, and to give an idea both of its significance and of the causes that determined the age and the society in which it began. The book is divided into three parts: in part one authors discuss the development of commerce before the Industrial Revolution; part two describes the changes in transport which preceded the railways, the dissolution of the peasant village, the destruction of custom in industry, and the free play that capital found in consequence. Part three examines the first social effects of the change from a peasant to an industrial civilization.

Table of Contents

Preface page v

Introduction by R. M. Hartwel xv

Note on Further Reading xxix

Part I


I From the Levant to the Atlantic 1

II England as an Atlantic Power 24

III The Effect of the Wars of Europe 38

IV The New Prestige of Commerce 50

Part II


V The Revolution in Transport 66

VI The Destrne Lion of the Peasant Village 81

VII The Destruction of Custom in Industry 97

VIII The Steam Engine 110

IX The Revolution in Iron 131

X The Revolution in Pottery 162

XI The Revolution in Cotton 178

Part III


XII The Shadow of thee Slave Trade 190

XIII The Curse of Midas 210

XIV A World in Disorder 233

XV The Beginnings of a New Society 245

XVI The World Economic Crisis of the Twentieth Century 263

Index 285

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J.L. Hammond