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Consequences of the Industrial Revolution

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 30 December 2010

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the far-reaching consequences of the Industrial Revolution.

After more than a century of rapid technological change, and the massive growth of its urban centres, Britain was changed forever. Lifestyles changed as workers moved from agricultural settlements to factory towns: health, housing and labour relations were all affected. But the effects were both social and intellectual, as thinkers originated theories to deal with the new realities of urban living, mass production and a consumer society.

With:

Jane Humphries
Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford

Emma Griffin
Senior Lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia

Lawrence Goldman
Fellow and Tutor in History at St Peter's College, University of Oxford

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • FURTHER READING

    Maxine Berg, 'The Age of Manufactures, 1700-1820: Industry, Innovation and Work in Britain' (Routledge, 1994)

    Jeff Horn, Leonard N. Rosenband and Merritt Roe Smith eds., 'Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revolution' (MIT Press, Cambridge, 2010). This provides a number of essays from leading writers on the subject and situates the topic within a global context.

    Emma Griffin, 'A Short History of the Industrial Revolution' (Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2010). This is a clearly written overview of several important key themes and written as an accessible text book.

    Joel Mokyr, 'The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850' (Yale, 2010)

    Jan Luiten van Zanden, 'The Long Road to the Industrial Revolution: The European Economy in a Global Perspective, 1000-1800' (Brill, 2009)

    John Langton and R.J. Morris, 'Atlas of Industrializing Britain, 1780-1914' (Routledge, 1987)

    John Rule, 'The Vital Century: England's Developing Economy, 1714-1815 (Social & Economic History of England)' (Longman, 1992)

    Jeremy Black, 'An Illustrated History of Eighteenth Century Britain, 1688-1793' (Manchester University Press, 1997)

    Raymond Williams, 'Culture and Society 1780-1950' (Columbia University Press, 1983)

    E. P. Thompson, 'The Making of the English Working Class' (Penguin; New edition, 2002)

    Gordon S. Haight (ed.), 'The Portable Victorian Reader' (Viking Portable Library; New edition, 1981)

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