Remains of a Revolution

Remains of a Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution was one of the greatest changes in the history of society. It transformed Britain's "green and pleasant land" from an agricultural world into one dominated by machinery: spinning and weaving were mechanized; roads, railways and canals spread across the country; mining and factories wiped out the cottage industries and eroded a rural way of life for ever. Man's immense inventiveness and skill also created appalling suffering and cruelty, sacrificing humanity for profit in a society riven with inequalities that remian today. Yet, as the photographs in this book show, the "dark, satanic mills" and machines that changed the world are brilliantly, often beautifully designed, and the industrial landscape is haunting in its vast, imposing grandeur. Combined with lively writing and dramatic historical accounts, they transport our imaginations back to the revolutionary age of smoke and steam.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 187 x 246 x 21mm | 848g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 88pp b&w illustrations, maps, further reading, index
  • 014139059X
  • 9780141390598

Table of contents

A green and pleasant land?; coal and the miner's friend; the Darbys of Coalbrooke; towards the factory age; connecting links; growth of the iron industry; Josiah Wedgwood and the revolution in the potteries; the cotton boom; the separate condenser; the late starter; an age of smoke and steam.
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