Pages from History: The Industrial Revolution

Pages from History: The Industrial Revolution : A History in Documents

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The Industrial Revolution: A History in Documents uses a wide variety of primary source documents to chronicle a period of great international social and technological change that began in England in the 18th century. Improvements were made to the steam engine that meant that many tasks that had been done by hand in the past could be mechanized. With locomotives and steamships, goods could now be transported very quickly and within a reasonably predictable time. Other changes included the use of iron and steel, invention of new machines that increased production (including the spinning jenny), development of the factory system, and important developments in transportation and communication (including the telegraph). Thay all led to agricultural improvements, a wider distribution of wealth, political changes reflecting the shift in economic power, and sweeping social changes. This book relies on primary sources such as personal diaries, advice books, poems, business reports, letters, photos, and essays to tell the story behind this rapidly changing period and its far-reaching effects.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 157 pages
  • 198.1 x 256.5 x 15.2mm | 567g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0195128176
  • 9780195128178
  • 633,124

About Laura Frader

Dr. Frader is a Professor of history at Northeastern University. She specializes in French social and labor history and European women's and gender history, and has written extensively on these topics. Her publications include Peasants and Protest: Agricultural Workers, Politics and Unions in the Aude, 1850-1914 (University of California Press, 1991); Gender and Class in Modern Europe (co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, Cornell University Press,1996), Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (co-edited with Herrick Chapman, Berghahn, 2004); The Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2006); and Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (Duke University Press, 2008) as well as many articles in English and French-language journals. She has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of Modern History and French Historical Studies, and serves on the editorial board of French Politics, Culture, and Society.show more

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