The Industrial Revolution in World History

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Contents
List of Illustrationsxi
Introduction: Defining the Industrial Revolution1
Technology and Work Organization , 5
Issues in Interpretation , 7
The Range of the Industrial Revolution , 9
ONE The First Phase, 1760-1880: The West Leads the Way
1 Britain's Revolution: New Processes and Economic Transformation17
Britain Becomes the Workshop of the World , 21
Industrialization Exacts a Price , 26
Change Generates Change , 29
2 New Causes: Why Did the Industrial Revolution Happen, and Why Did It Happen in Eighteenth-Century Britain?33
Three Strands of Causes , 36
Population and Capital as Triggers for Industrialization , 37
Britain as a Special Case , 38
3 The Industrial Revolution in Western Society43
France: An Eclectic Course , 46
Germany: Trend to Big Business , 48
The United States: Dynamism of a New Nation , 50
The Industrial West by the 1880s , 54

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