Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution by Eric HobsbawmThe Industrial Revolution marks the most fundamental transformation of human life in the history of the world. It occurred, inevitably and temporarily, in the form of a capitalist economy and society, and it was also, perhaps, inevitable that it should occur in the form of a single liberal world economy, depending for a time on a single leading pioneer country. That country was Britain , and as such it stands alone in history. In his book E. J. Hobsbawm described and accounts for Britains rise as the worlds first industrial power, its decline from its temporary dominance, its rather special relationship with the rest of the world, and some of the effects of all of these on the life of the people of the country.
The advantages of making an industrial revolution in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were considerable, but between the 1860s and the end of the nineteenth the disadvantages began to emerge. Britains decline can be traced to the early and long-sustained start as an industrial power, which, among other things, embedded an archaic technology and business structure which became difficult to abandon, or even modify. Also, Britain became the primary agency of economic interchange between the advanced and backward nations, and this dependence of the underdeveloped world on Britain left her with a line of retreat into Empire and Free Trade. Between the wars, the single liberal world economy, theoretically self-regulating, collapsed, and the accompanying world political system also began to collapse after the Russian revolution of 1917. Britain has adjusted to these major changes, but the big question still remains--can Britain fully adapt to the changed economic world of the second half of the twentieth century and maintain a position as a major economy? And if not, what are the alternatives?
Industry and Empire is the provocative and stimulating companion volume to Christopher Hills Reformation to Industrial Revolution.
Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution
In Industry and Empire , Hobsbawm explores the origin and dramatic course of the Industrial Revolution over two hundred and fifty years and its influence on social and political institutions. This new edition includes a fascinating summary of events of the last twenty years, and an illuminating new conclusion. He is the author of The Age of The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher. Your gift will support The New Press in continuing to leverage books for social change.
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Premier historian Eric Hobsbawm's brilliant study of the Industrial Revolution, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies in its original edition, is now back in print, updated for a new generation. In Industry and Empire , Hobsbawm explores the origin and dramatic course of the Industrial Revolution over two hundred and fifty years and its influence on social and political institutions. He describes and accounts for Britain's rise as the first industrial power, its decline from domination, its special relation with the rest of the world, and the effects of this trajectory on the lives of its ordinary citizens. This new edition includes a fascinating summary of events of the last twenty years, and an illuminating new conclusion. Industry and Empire : From to the Present Day.
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Industry and Empire Eric Hobsbawm pages, including index published in It completely transformed our world, gave us new tools and possibilities, improved the lives of those of us in the fortunate position to enjoy its fruits immensily, but also ripped apart older ways of life and brought a lot of misery with it, not to mention that it multiplied enormously the harm we could do to ourselves and the world. Therefore it's not just an interesting subject, of the kind I've always enjoyed, but also an important subject. Now as you should know, the industrial revolution got started in Britain, from roughly , accelerated in the early half of the nineteenth century and went international in the second half, which also saw pioner Britain overtaken by second wave industrialised nations like Germany and the United States. Ever since then industrial Britain has been in a slow decline, until it became more accurate to call it a post-industrial nation, in which industry was no longer the most important sector of its economy, but was overtaken by the service sector. It's this story that Eric Hobsbawm tells in Industry and Empire. He also tries to explain why the story of the industrialisation and its subsequent decline happened in the UK the way it did and how the country benefited and suffered from being the first country to industrialise, as well as what this story can teach other countries still in the process of industrialising.