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Why did economic change occur in Britain between 1780 and 1850?

Historians face significant problems in examining the industrial revolution.[1] First, there is the problem of what precisely the ‘industrial revolution’ was. Secondly, its national nature has been questioned. How far was there a British industrial revolution or was economic change … Continue reading

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Industrial Revolution: Nature of Change

In the latter part of the eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth century, Britain underwent what historians have called an ‘industrial revolution’ with factories pouring out goods, chimneys polluting the air, escalating exports and productivity spiralling upwards. This … Continue reading

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Nineteenth century society in context

There are many parallels between Britain today and the Britain ruled by Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901.  Both had societies coping with substantial and sustained population growth and the tensions this creates between different ethnic groups.  Today the concern … Continue reading

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Nineteenth century society

My blogs so far have concentrated on Chartism, the experience of women in the nineteenth century and the Normans.  Although I still have material on each of these areas that I intend to add to the blog, I intend to … Continue reading

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