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1. Defining the Industrial Revolution
About this Lecture
In this module, we look at what the Industrial Revolution was. Firstly, we’ll explore what pre-industrial society looked liked and how the economy functioned before mass production. We’ll then turn to look at the components of the Industrial Revolution. These were: (i) the use of new technology to mass produce products; (ii) the worldwide trade in commodities to fuel manufacturing; and (iii) the increased use of fossil fuels to meet energy needs.
In this course, Emma Griffin (University of East Anglia) explores the Industrial Revolution in Britain and its social consequences. In the first module we look at what the Industrial Revolution was. We’ll then move on to examine technological change as a specific component of industrialisation. After this, we’ll explore orthodox historical views on the consequences of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. In the next two modules we’ll look at the revisionist view of the social consequences of industrialisation for men and women. In the final module, we’ll explore another consequence of the Industrial Revolution - the changes to the environment and peoples' connection to the environment.
Emma Griffin is a Professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia. She specialises in British social and economic history of the 18th and 19th centuries, in particular the industrial revolution, its social consequences and its impact upon women. She is the author of several books including Liberty’s Dawn: A People’s History of the Industrial Revolution and Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy.
Cite this Lecture
Griffin, E. (2021, December 01). Britain – The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1900 - Defining the Industrial Revolution [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/britain-the-consequences-of-the-industrial-revolution/defining-the-industrial-revolution
Griffin, Emma. "Britain – The Consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1900 – Defining the Industrial Revolution." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 01 Dec 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/britain-the-consequences-of-the-industrial-revolution/defining-the-industrial-revolution