Industrial Revolution

Online Sources for the Industrial Revolution

According to Rutherford and Ahlgren (1990), the term “Industrial Revolution” refers not to a discrete event or series of events. Rather, the Industrial Revolution was a shift in how society was organized. Read more

The Early Industrial Revolution began primarily in the Great Britain during the 1760s until 1851 and was marked by drastic major changes in agricultural, manufacturing, and transportation sectors, which had a profound effect on the social, economic and cultural conditions in Britain (initially) and the rest of Continental Europe and eventually the US and the world.  Read more

Between about 1750 and 1850, the United Kingdom experienced the first industrial revolution. The purpose of this site is to study major historical interpretations of this complex process, which continues to transform our world.  Includes links and images.  Read more

In modern history, the process of change from an agrarian, handicraft economy to one dominated by industry and machine manufacture. This process began in England in the 18th century and from there spread to other parts of the world. Read more

In the last part of the 18th century, a new revolution gripped the world that we were not ready for. This revolution was not a political one, but it would lead to many implications later in its existence. Neither was this a social or cultural revolution. This revolution was an economic one.  Read more

The Industrial Revolution radically changed the organization of work. In the new factories, a large number of workers gathered together six or seven days a week to engage in tightly coordinated tasks paced by machinery. This new organization of work implied a sharp distinction between work and home. In earlier types of work, such as farming, trades, and cottage industries, work and home were not necessarily separate spheres and child labor was not a public issue. Read more


Books in the Library:

  • The Industrial Revolution in Britain: Triumph or Disaster?  330.941 TA
  • Winds of Revolution 909.7 WIN
  • World History on File R 909 WOR
  • Encyclopedia of Ideas that Changed the World R 909.03 ING
  • Collier’s Encyclopedia R 031
  • Encyclopedia Americana R 031
  • New Standard Encyclopedia R 031
  • World Book Encyclopedia R 031
  • Fashion:
    • Fashion During the Industrial Revolution
    • 20,000 Years of Fashion R 391.09 BOU
    • Costume of the Western World: Pictorial Guide and Glossary R 391.09 YAR
    • Everyday Dress 1650-1900 391 EWI
    • Let There Be Clothes : 40,000 Years of Fashion391.009 SCH