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The Industrial revolution from a British perspective,
This review is from: The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective (New Approaches to Economic and Social History) (Paperback)
A very readable book on the industrial revolution in Great Britain and why it happened at that time and that place. The Industrial revolution took place in most developed countries, but Britain is by common consent the first country of occurrence. Robert Allan proves that the main initiating factors are high wages, high urbanization, high literacy, low costs of energy and raw materials and good transport and commercial infrastructure. The same factors could also explain the Dutch prosperous economy (our golden age) before the British industrial revolution. Cheap energy at that time being wind and peat used for land reclamation, factories and shipyards, combined with excellent water transport, high urbanization, high literacy and strong commercial and technical capabilities. Many books have been written on the Dutch golden age, but none along these lines, perhaps Robert Allen can find some time for such a study as much information has already been gathered in this book.