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Technology in the Industrial Revolution


Part of New Approaches to the History of Science and Medicine

  • Date Published: January 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316637463

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  • Technological change is about more than inventions. This concise history of the Industrial Revolution places the eighteenth-century British Industrial Revolution in global context, locating its causes in government protection, global competition, and colonialism. Inventions from spinning jennies to steam engines came to define an age that culminated in the acceleration of the fashion cycle, the intensification in demand and supply of raw materials and the rise of a plantation system that would reconfigure world history in favour of British (and European) global domination. In this accessible analysis of the classic case of rapid and revolutionary technological change, Barbara Hahn takes readers from the north of England to slavery, cotton plantations, the Anglo-Indian trade and beyond - placing technological change at the centre of world history.

    • Offers an accessible and concise history of the classic case of rapid and revolutionary technological change
    • Explains the relationship between technological and social change in simple terms
    • Places the technologies of the Industrial Revolution in their global settings
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Barbara Hahn boldly reframes the story of the profound economic, social, and cultural changes that transformed northern England between the 1760s and the 1840s. By emphasizing networks and systems rather than men and machines she forces us to see the world of the Industrial Revolution anew. We are all in Hahn's debt for this splendid new study.' Peter A. Coclanis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    'In this exciting introduction to the Industrial Revolution, Barbara Hahn lucidly and elegantly shows that multiple contexts - local, regional and global - shaped the development of technology in Britain. A perfect text for undergraduates.' Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College

    'A much-needed, long-awaited, and deeply engaging contribution to our difficult conversations about the 'Industrial Revolution'. Barbara Hahn provides a masterful account of peoples, machines, productions, consumptions, cultures, and the state, weaving together very local, very global, traditional, revisionist, and contested stories. We are lucky to have this book available now.' Heidi Voskuhl, University of Pennsylvania

    '… expansive … edifying … develops a highly nuanced view that encompasses innovation, politics, economics, and the transnational context in which this transformative process occurred.' B. C. Odom, Choice

    'This book proposes an excellent and updated approach to the history of the industrial revolution for undergraduate students and for anyone else who wants an intelligent introduction to this topic.' Laurent Heyberger, Metascience

    '… it is a well-written and accomplished account of technological change in a sector that often stands as proxy for the Industrial Revolution.' Chris Evans, Technology and Culture

    '… this book … succeeds fully in giving a clear, complex, and nuanced introduction to the history of industrialization, which is contextualized in an imperial context and portrayed as global process. The text offers a presentation particularly suitable for undergraduates, providing all the expected landmarks, with short readings listed for each chapter (in addition to the final bibliography). But for the research field in general, it also brings about a short and useful synthesis of the historiographical debates on industrialization, a concept itself analyzed, subject to ideological contestation, and the object of numerous appropriations and investigations.' Madeleine Forrest, H-Nationalism

    'This is an excellent book and a welcome addition to the literature.' David N. Lucsko, Agricultural History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316637463
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Sugar and spice
    2. Myths and machines
    3. Cottonopolis
    4. Power and the people
    5. The vertical mill.

  • Author

    Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University
    Barbara Hahn is a prize-winning author in business history and the history of technology. Her publications include Plantation Kingdom: The South and Its Global Commodities (2016), which she co-authored. She is Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University and was the associate editor of the journal Technology and Culture.

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