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Industrial Revolution

A sudden explosion of technological and economic change, initially in Britain (c.1750-1800). It began with the accumulation of trading capital and the mechanization of the textile factories of... read more

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R.J. Morris begins the second part of our special feature on the Industrial Revolution, asking what were the effects of the Industrial Revolution on class and class consciousness in Britain?

The controversy over fracking finds echoes in 19th-century concerns over groundwater.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

A milestone in transportation was reached on July 25th, 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Two centuries before the Swinging Sixties the weakening of social customs caused by the Industrial Revolution led to a modest transformation in people’s sexual behaviour, says Emma Griffin.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

The pioneer of English travel writing was born on June 7th, 1662.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

The great historical shifts in energy use, from wood to coal, to oil, nuclear power and beyond, have transformed civilisation and will do so again, as Richard Rhodes explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The year 1812 was a turning point in the career of the industrialist Robert Owen. Ian Donnachie examines his Essays on a New View of Society, in which Owen first aired the ideas about popular education and workers’ welfare that would make him famous as a reformer.

Volume: 62 Issue: 2 2012

Roger Hudson on a moment in the story of Scottish emigration captured in 1923.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

From Captain Cook to playboy Prince Bertie, Tessa Dunlop examines the appeal of the tattoo among high society.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

In 1817, during a period of economic hardship following the war with France, a motley crew of stocking-makers, stonemasons, ironworkers and labourers from a Derbyshire village attempted an uprising against the government. It was swiftly and brutally suppressed. Susan Hibbins tells the story of England’s last attempted revolution.

Volume: 60 Issue: 11 2010

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Industrial Revolution in what is now a quiet Shropshire town as well as the 200th anniversary of the death of one of Britain’s greatest industrialists, Matthew Boulton. Ross Reyburn reports.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

Jean-François Mouhot traces a link between climate change and slavery, and suggests that reliance on fossil fuels has made slave owners of us all.


Kenneth J. Baird examines change and continuity in 19th-century British social history.

Issue: 42 2002

A number of British Heritage sites have been nominated for recognition by UNESCO

Volume: 49 Issue: 5 1999

Was Richard Arkwright really the mechanical genius of the Industrial Revolution? Karen Fisk questions his record as Britain’s first cotton tycoon.

Volume: 48 Issue: 3 1998

Edward Royle explains how labels were used in early industrial Britain for propaganda rather than description.  

Issue: 29 1997

Richard Cavendish unthreads the history of this Worcestershire museum.

Volume: 46 Issue: 8 1996

Andrea Wolter-Abele looks at how machines and industrial society provoked new concepts of creativity.

Volume: 46 Issue: 11 1996

Did the British state help the UK's transformation into a position of world industrial dominance? Were 'gentlemen capitalists' or no-nonsense industrialists fawned on or frustrated by government and its agents? Martin Daunton addresses a controversial historical debate.

Volume: 44 Issue: 6 1994

Commentators have tended to play down the importance of London as a business and industrial centre since 1500, argues Theo Barker, and in the process have distorted the saga of Britain’s economic rise and fall.

Volume: 39 Issue: 2 1989

Ralph Houlbrooke traces back the distinctive roots of the modern family.

Volume: 36 Issue: 4 1986

Gertrude Himmelfarb considers why and when poverty ceased to be a 'natural' condition and become a 'social' problem in the Early Industrial Age.

Volume: 34 Issue: 4 1984

Roderick Floud continues our special feature on the Industrial Revolution with a look at the impact of industrialisation on the British people.

Volume: 33 Issue: 5 1983

R.J. Morris begins the second part of our special feature on the Industrial Revolution, asking what were the effects of the Industrial Revolution on class and class consciousness in Britain?

Volume: 33 Issue: 5 1983

The Industrial Revolution was one of the greatest discontinuities in history. It still generates lively debate. Why did it begin in Britain when it did? How quickly and decisively did it transform industrial technology, class relations and living standards? These are the questions tackled in the special feature by Duncan Bythell on the Industrial Revolution this month and next.

Volume: 33 Issue: 4 1983

Barrie Trinder examines the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

Volume: 33 Issue: 4 1983

K.Z. Cieszkowski on the visual chronicler of scentific and industrial developments in the 18th century Midlands.

Volume: 33 Issue: 5 1983

Martin Daunton explores 19th century production on both sides of the Atlantic.

Volume: 33 Issue: 4 1983

The first of the series by J. Kenneth Major, on the harnessing of human and animal sources of energy.

Volume: 30 Issue: 3 1980
Walter Minchinton, with assistance from the late Peveril Meig, looks at the potential of the ocean - from tidal mills to power stations.
Volume: 30 Issue: 3 1980

During the Victorian Age, writes Courtney Dainton, when many social reformers came from the upper classes, Smith was a philanthropist who had himself experienced the hardships of the very poor.

Volume: 29 Issue: 9 1979

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