Iron, Steam & Money: The Making of the Industrial Revolution
Iron, Steam and Money tells the thrilling story of those few decades, the moments of inspiration, the rivalries, skulduggery and death threats, and the tireless perseverance of the visionaries who made it all happen. Richard Arkwright, James Watt, Richard Trevithick and Josiah Wedgwood are among the giants whose achievements and tragedies fill these pages. In this authoritative study Roger Osborne also shows how and why the revolution happened, revealing pre-industrial Britain as a surprisingly affluent society, with wealth spread widely through the population, and with craft industries in every town, village and front parlour. The combination of disposable income, widespread demand for industrial goods, and a generation of time-served artisans created the unique conditions that propelled humanity into the modern world.
The industrial revolution was arguably the most important episode in modern human history; Iron, Steam and Money reminds us of its central role, while showing the extraordinary excitement of those tumultuous decades.
"Ably handling a mass of material, Osborne explores both the technological side of his subject and its human aspect" (Christopher Smith UK Regional Press Syndication)"Osborne fires [the Industrial Revolution] up with great gusto" (Iain Finlayson The Times)"Detailed and scholarly" (Steve Craggs UK Regional Press Syndication)"A truly rattling good yarn" (Jonathan Glancey Country Life)"Detailed and scholarly" (UK Regional Press Syndication)
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The Origins of the British Welfare State: Society, State and Social Welfare in England and Wales 1800-1945