Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920: O-Z and primary documents
Although the temptation is to focus on technological changes and their application to industry, the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century also influenced social life, political and economic institutions, and the physical landscape. The discoveries and changes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries might seem minor when compared to the technological advances of recent decades, but those advances would not have been possible without the people and developments of the Industrial Revoltuion. In over 150 entries that cover all aspects of this historical transformation of industry and society, this encyclopedia describes the major people, events, and inventions that defined the Industrial Revoltuion in Britain, the United States, and elsewhere. Besides entries that describe the specific course of the Industrial Revolution in such places as Asia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Spain, and the U.S., the encyclopedia offers entries on such important people as: BLAlexander Graham Bell BLMatthew Bouldton BLThomas Malthus BLAdam Smith BLFlora Tristan BLJames Watt Other entries cover such important inventions as: BLElectric Dynamo BLRepeating Rifles BLSewing Machines BLSteam Turbine BLSubmarines BLTypewriters And still other entries cover such vital social issues as: BLChild Labor and Child Labor Laws BLEcological Impact of the Industrial Revolution BLSlavery BLTemperance Movement BLUrbanization BLWealth and Poverty in the Industrial Revolution The encyclopedia also includes 24 primary documents, a Chronology, a bibliography, and extensive Introduction, illustrations, and a detailed subject index.