Consequences of the Industrial Revolution

30 Dec, 2010 330 Economics

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the far-reaching consequences of the Industrial Revolution. After more than a century of rapid technological change, and the massive growth of its urban centres, Britain was changed forever. Lifestyles changed as workers moved from agricultural settlements to factory towns: health, housing and labour relations were all affected. But the effects were both social and intellectual, as thinkers originated theories to deal with the new realities of urban living, mass production and a consumer society.

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  • Jane Humphries 2 episodes
    Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford
  • Emma Griffin 6 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia
  • Lawrence Goldman 10 episodes
    Fellow and Tutor in History at St Peter's College, University of Oxford

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