Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day

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The New Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 411 pages
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Premier historian Eric Hobsbawm's brilliant study of the Industrial Revolution, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies in its original edition, is now back in print, updated for a new generation. In Industry and Empire, Hobsbawm explores the origin and dramatic course of the Industrial Revolution over two hundred and fifty years and its influence on social and political institutions. He describes and accounts for Britain's rise as the first industrial power, its decline from domination, its special relation with the rest of the world, and the effects of this trajectory on the lives of its ordinary citizens. This new edition includes a fascinating summary of events of the last twenty years, and an illuminating new conclusion.


 

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Contents

The Industrial Revolution 17801840
34
The Human Results of the Industrial
49
Agriculture 17501850
75
The Second Phase 184095
95
Britain in the World Economy
112
Standards of Living 18501914
132
The Beginnings of Decline
150
The Land 18501960
173
The Long Boom
230
Society Since 1914
256
The Other Britain
278
A Harsher Economic Climate
298
Conclusion
319
Diagrams
325
Index
342
173
408

Between the Wars
185
Government and Economy
204

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About the author (1999)

Eric Hobsbawm was born in Alexandria in 1917 and educated in Austria, Germany, and England. He taught at Birkbeck College, the University of London, and the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes, and The New Press has published his books On History, Uncommon People, Industry and Empire, Bandits, On the Edge of the New Century, Revolutionaries, his memoir Interesting Times, On Empire, and Fractured Times. Eric Hobsbawm died in 2012.

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