The British Industrial Revolution

An Economic Perspective


Edited by Joel Mokyr

Second Edition • December 1, 1998 • 366 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813333892 • $56.00 USD$48.99 CAN

Ebook ISBN: 9780786743247 • $36.99 USD$42.99 CAN

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The Industrial Revolution remains a defining moment in the economic history of the modern world. But what kind and how much of a revolution was it? And what kind of moment could it have been? These are just some of the larger questions among the many that economic historians continue to debate. Addressing the various interpretations and assumptions that have been attached to the concept of the Industrial Revolution, Joel Mokyr and his four distinguished contributors present and defend their views on essential aspects of the Industrial Revolution. In this revised edition, all chapters — including Mokyr’s extensive introductory survey and evaluation of research in this field — are updated to consider arguments and findings advanced since the volume’s initial 1993 publication. Like its predecessor, the revised edition of The British Industrial Revolution is an essential book for economic historians and, indeed, for any historian of Great Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


Joel Mokyr is professor of economics and history at Northwestern University. He is the author or editor of many books and articles on the economic history of Europe, including Why Ireland Starved, The Economics of the Industrial Revolution, and The Lever of Riches.

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