This is an introduction to the Industrial Revolution which offers an integrated account of the ecomic and social aspects of change during the period. Recent revisionist thinking has implied that fundamental change in ecomic, social and political life at the time of the Industrial Revolution was minimal or n-existent. The author challenges this interpretation, arguing that the process of revision has gone too far; emphasizing continuity at the expense of change and neglecting many historically unique features of the ecomy and society. Elements given short shrift in many current interpretations are reassigned their central roles.
Pat Hudson is Professor of Economics and Social History at the University of Liverpool.