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Mass Production, Mass Persuasion (1780 - 1914 AD)

Neil MacGregor uses five objects to highlight the shifts in the balance of economic, political and imperial power in the C19th - and the enormous consequences across the rest of the world.

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Suffragette-defaced penny

5/5 Neil MacGregor with a penny coin defaced by suffragettes with the words "Votes for women".

Sat 16 Oct 2010 00:30 BBC Radio 4

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  • Where these objects were found

    Where these objects were found

    91 Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle
    92 Early Victorian tea set
    93 Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'
    94 Sudanese slit drum
    95 Suffragette defaced penny

  • Mass Production, Mass Persuasion AD (1780-1914)

    Between the French Revolution and the First World War the countries of Europe and the USA were transformed from agricultural to industrial economies. At the same time, their empires around the world grew. Technological innovation led to the mass production of goods and growing international trade. Previously luxuries, like tea and Wedgewood pottery, became affordable to the masses. In many countries, movements pressed for political and social reforms, including the right for all men and women to be able to vote. The industrial revolutions of the West were partly funded by resources from Europe’s expanding colonial empires. Only one non-western country, Japan, successfully embraced modernisation and emerged as an imperial power in its own right.

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