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by Peter Mathias

Download First Industrial Nation: Economic History of Britain, 1700-1914 epub
ISBN: 0416332900
ISBN13: 978-0416332902
Category: Business
Subcategory: Economics
Author: Peter Mathias
Language: English
Publisher: Methuen young books; 2nd edition (April 21, 1983)
Pages: 512 pages
ePUB size: 1824 kb
FB2 size: 1101 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 470
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This book traces the rise of Britain from an agrarian society to a modern industrial nation, carrying with it the rest of the world. Although it reads much like a textbook, I cannot overemphasize the importance of its subject matter. I first read a borrowed copy of the first edition, and couldn't put it down. I then searched widely (including all over London) for another copy, finally finding the second edition on Nowhere else have I seen such a comprehensive history of the origins of our industrial civilization, containing much that we should know as we proceed into the twenty-first century.
To my mind, one of the two or three the most important events in world history is the industrial revolution. In the course of 50 years, England, and later the whole world, shifted from an agriculture society, were 70% of the people worked from dawn to dusk on farms, to an industrial society where most humans were educated, lived in cities, and hoped for a better and more varied life. There have been many books that sought to describe the process, and their have been revisionist historians who doubted that it was as dramatic or profound as originally claimed. This book by Peter Mathias, a leading British economic historian is widely hailed as the definitive treatment of the transition from 1700 to 1900. It is clearly written and uses all of the statistical detail available to modern researchers to define and trace the changes that took place as England went from a "normal" European country in 1700 to the preemenent manufacturing power in the world in the course of 150 years. If you want to understand the first industrial transition, this is the place to begin.