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Companion to the Industrial Revolution
Lines, Clifford John.
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New York : Facts on File, [1990]

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x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HC254.5 .L72 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Aimed at the general reader, this guide provides a social history of the Industrial Revolution, focusing on the inventors, entrepreneurs, workers, politicians and social reformers who lived through this period. Topics include housing, transport, law, industry, child labour and much more.

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Lines provides an extremely easy to use introduction to the key people, places, events, and technologies that dominated one of the most culturally and politically turbulent times in English history. Covering the period from about 1760 to 1860, the more than 1,000 alphabetically arrayed entries present an interesting overview of a time of unprecedented change during which the country was transformed from a largely rural economy to a predominantly urban one. Topics covered range from transportation and labor to invention and the growth of industry, from housing and education to philosophy and politics. Most entries include a list of additional readings for study in greater depth. The liberal use of cross-references and cross-indexing of topics that merit their own fuller, separate entries proves an effective and effortless way for the user to link concepts and themes together. A brief chronology of events in industry, transportation, and society covers the broader period 1702-1867 and helps provide a context for the entries. Several maps and charts also are included, as is a brief conversion chart from the present decimal coinage to the pre-1971 pounds, shillings, and pence currency. The highly readable entries give considerable detail without overwhelming the user. The work is aimed primarily at nonspecialists, including students preparing for pre-college examinations, but advanced students should also find it a helpful refresher and reference guide. It does seem to emphasize industrial and technological developments rather than social and cultural themes but may be used in conjunction with other recent works such as the Atlas of Industrializing Britain, 1780-1914 (CH, May'87), W.H. Chaloner and R.C. Richardson's Bibliography of British Economic and Social History (CH, Nov'84), or Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia (CH, May'89). With these tools novice and advanced user alike will have ready access to balanced, basic reference information for the study of Britain's industrial revolution. Lower-division and up. -E. Patterson, Emory University