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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (22 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230579264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230579262
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The volume has a clear focus and, didactic in tone, it incorporates much recent research. Griffin's survey of technological change is detailed and critical, particularly her questioning of the force of new technologies, especially steam power, in fuelling eceonomic growth.'- Economic History Review
 
'The strength of Griffin's book lies in its fresh conceptual approach and well-focused, analytical structure that bridges the major disagreements among scholars on the topic...an excellent book'. - Gerard Koot, Chancellor Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA
 
'...a particularly welcome account, not least because it asks the question of why Britain came first.' - Jeremy Black, BBC History Magazine

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A succinct introduction to this pivotal moment in world history, explaining what the industrial revolution was, when exactly it occurred, and why it happened in Britain first

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Griffin's account of the Industrial Revolution rather modishly reminds us that it was only ever called that in retrospect, reflecting the need of subsequent generations to understand the processes and causes of so much social and economic change. Her emphasis on getting the data to help understand what these were, and what drove them, is refreshing and astute, enabling some realistic comparison between economies and the means of distinguishing their relative performance. The best chapters are the final two, where she makes use of the data to best effect. Griffin is surely correct to suggest it was not simply the availability of coal that forced the pace of industrialisation in Britain, but more generally the need to use energy as a way of avoiding high labour costs (and this just happended to be through coal in the UK). Further, the chapter on social conditions illustrates just how difficult it can be to draw conclusions from patchy evidence, but whilst the exploitation of energy certainly generated more wealth, in Griffin's view it failed to create much social justice or distribute the benefits of prosperity to the hard workers who suffered so much to make it happen.
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I'm a first year history student who didn't care much for the Industrial Revolution, forced into doing an Industrial Revolution module in my first semester. This was one of the core texts fot that module and I've got to say it proved very useful.

Each week a chapter of this book would be set for pre-seminar reading and it was accessible enough for me to really grasp the debates we would discuss in class.

In addition to this, it was a great little book to reference in my essays and the like as it summarises much of the events and details of the period.

As I've said, I'm not largely interested in the Industrial Revolution, but I feel that my interest would be lower still were it not for this book. And besides, it helped me get an A grade in the mentioned module.
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This book might be good I can't tell because it assumes you already know a bit about the industrial revolution and then begins telling you about the subject in more depth, I would have expected to see a introduction to what it is, how it happened etc..
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Required reading for uni
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HASH(0x9d21118c) out of 5 stars A well written book on the British Industrial Revolution 18 Jun. 2014
By John L. Glascock - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked Emma Grifffin's style and she really gets to the key issues about the industrial revolution. I'm an economist myself (well at least trained as one) and I cannot disagree with any of her analyses. If you had believed that the education of the UK citizens and the development of then current scientific theory drove the IR, read the book--it did not. The real trick was relative wages (the British ones were high and gave a demand to make workers more productive with machinery) and coal (the British had the best and easy to access) which provide the cheap energy to use machinery. A book well worth reading.
HASH(0x9d20c7f8) out of 5 stars Short and concise, but often overwhelming 2 Oct. 2014
By Jonathan Weller - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Short History of the British Industrial Revolution" by Emma Griffin, is exactly what it claims to be: a short history of why England was the focal point of the movement. The amount of detail and statistics Griffin puts in the work is helpful, but to be totally honest it quickly overwhelms the reader. The book allows for the reader to become knowledgeable about the "Revolution" in a rather quick amount of time, and it easily should be everything you'll ever need about the British Industrial Revolution. I had to buy and read the book for a History class at school; then I had to read and compare this with other books on the topic, and to be honest this one was the best I read.

I wouldn't suggest this for readers who don't enjoy and overwhelming amount of statistics and numbers crammed into a small area. This book isn't made for an average read, it's made to get you up-to-speed with the historical event rather rapidly. If you enjoy all those aforementioned items then this is your book.
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