Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Industrialization in the Modern World: From the Industrial Revolution to the Internet

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Industrialization in the Modern World: From the Industrial Revolution to the Internet

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Industrialization in the Modern World: From the Industrial Revolution to the Internet. By John Hinshaw and Peter N. Stearns. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2014.388p. (ISBN: 9781-61069-087-4), Ebook available (978-1-61069-088-1), call for pricing.

Understanding where the modern world came from is a difficult task; John Hinshaw and Peter Stearns seek to make the task easier for college and high school students. The authors of this two volume work seek to "situate the Industrial Revolution into the context of World history" (xxix), meaning both historically and politically. Hinshaw and Stearns seek to achieve their ambitious goal, with an alphabetical listing of the various people, places, events, and other topics about the Industrial Revolution. These entries rang from explain about the "emancipation of the serfs (Russia)" to other things like explaining the IMF (international monetary fund) (243, 149). The authors also include people that had an impact on the period like James Hargreaves (214). Also, the authors include many primary source documents relevant to this area of history. The addition of these documents helps in setting the work apart from others. The scope of these entries and primary sources range from the origins of Industrialization to the dawn of the internet. Some of the documents included are ones like Mark Weisbrot's "Time to take a second look at our 'free trade' agreements" (619). Also, included are speech's made by world leaders about technology and the impact on society.

These entries tend to be short, most are around a couple to three paragraphs in length, however some of the large theme entries are a page or more; such as the entry on the "Cold War. …

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