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FEATURED TITLE: The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

By Robert C. Allen
The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The Industrial Revolution was a pivotal point in British history that occurred between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries, and led to far reaching transformations of society. The Industrial Revolution: A Very Short Introduction analyses the key features of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and the spread of industrialization to other countries.

Read Chapter 5. Reform and democracy, which looks at key events that resulted in the evolution of a pre-industrial England.