Why the Industrial Revolution Happened in Britain (Hardcover)

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Esteemed historian Jeremy Black examines the technological, social, political and economic reasons for the industrial revolution taking place in Britain.

Britain’s key importance in world history was a product of its constitution and its empire, but both, in turn, were sustained and supported by Britain’s role in achieving the first Industrial Revolution. In part this was a matter of coal and steam but far more was involved. Alongside the ‘push’ factors of entrepreneurs and resources came the ‘pull’ factors of consumerism, fashion and an ability to purchase goods. There was also the context of parliamentary government, the rule of law, a society open to talent, and no internal tariff boundaries. The combination of these factors produced vital synergies. They also ensure that the history of the Industrial Revolution is the history of a country, a people, and of the factors that made them exceptional.

About the Author

Jeremy Black is Emeritus Professor of History at Exeter University. He is a prolific lecturer and writer, the author of over 100 books. Many concern aspects of eighteenth-century British, European and American political, diplomatic and military history but he has also published on the history of the press, cartography, warfare, culture and on the nature and uses of history itself. He sits, or has sat, on the editorial boards of History Today, International History Review, Journal of Military History, and Media History.

Praise For…

'An intriguing book that encompasses the vast and dominant themes of coal, iron, textiles and enslavement, but woven through with specific evocative examples – making it a much more engaging read than simply a large theoretical overview.', Family Tree Magazine, November 2023

Product Details
ISBN: 9781398114494
ISBN-10: 1398114499
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English