The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., May 18, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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Gavin Weightman’s sweeping history of the industrial revolution shows how, in less than one hundred and fifty years, an unlikely band of scientists, spies, entrepreneurs, and political refugees took a world made of wood and powered by animals, wind, and water, and made it into something entirely new, forged of steel and iron, and powered by steam and fossil fuels. Weightman weaves together the dramatic stories of giants such as Edison, Watt, Wedgwood, and Daimler, with lesser-known or entirely forgotten characters, including a group of Japanese samurai who risked their lives to learn the secrets of the West, and John “Iron Mad” Wilkinson, who didn’t let war between England and France stop him from plumbing Paris. Distilling complex technical achievements, outlandish figures, and daring adventures into an accessible narrative that spans the globe as industrialism spreads, The Industrial Revolutionaries is a remarkable work of original, engaging history.
 

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In the period covered by this book-just a little over a century-the world shifted from reliance on human labor to the use of machines as an essential aspect of daily life and work. Weightman's (The ... Read full review

Contents

SPIES
10
MAD ABOUT IRON
22
THE TOOLBAG TRAVELLERS
37
THE CORNISHMANS PUFFER
48
THEY KEPT THEIR HEADS
67
SOME YANKEES IN THE WORKS
90
THE RAILWAY MEN
117
COWCATCHERS AND TIMBER
136
A VERY HANDSOME TAIL
232
THE PETROLEUM PIONEERS
252
THE STEEL REVOLUTION
270
OF SCOTS AND SAMURAI
285
HORSEPOWER
299
THE WIZARD OF MENLO PARK
324
THE TERROR OF THE TORPEDO
342
THE SYNTHETIC WORLD
361

LES ROSBIFS GO TO WORK
152
A PROPHET WITHOUT HONOUR
173
A BLAST OF HOT AIR
190
MORSE DECODED
197
THE PALACE OF WONDERS
213
POSTSCRIPT
383
NOTES
394
BIBLIOGRAPHY
402
INDEX
407
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Gavin Weightman is a social historian with special interest in the origins of modern society. His books include the best-selling London River, The Frozen Water Trade, and Signor Marconi’s Magic Box.

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