Industrial revolution and British exceptionalism

Christopher L. Colvin, Alexandra de Pleijt

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The British Industrial Revolution is probably the most important event of the last 10,000 years. This chapter reviews some of the more recent literature on this topic. The focus is primarily on the timing and location of the Industrial Revolution. Contributing factors discussed include institutions, culture and human capital, factor prices, consumer goods and household work, female agency, finance, trade and geography.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn Economist's Guide to Economic History
EditorsMatthias Blum, Christopher L. Colvin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)3319965673
ISBN (Print)3319965670
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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    Colvin, C. L., & de Pleijt, A. (2018). Industrial revolution and British exceptionalism. In M. Blum, & C. L. Colvin (Eds.), An Economist's Guide to Economic History (pp. 201-210). Palgrave Macmillan.