Book Review-‘Britain’s Industrial Revolution: The making of a manufacturing people, 1700–1870’ by Barrie Trinder

By Robert J.C. Mowat, published November 2020


This is an impressive, substantial and attractive book. Written by a lifelong practitioner and publicist of industrial archaeology (whose extra-mural lectures were greatly enjoyed by the reviewer’s parents among many others), it presents the myriad aspects of British industrial development across the titular period on the basis of specific examples. In doing so, it draws on a lifetime of experience (summarized in pp. xi–xii) to present a narrative which is wellordered, if necessarily discursive. Although not a gazetteer as such, the excellent index allows ready access to information on specific locations and areas of interest. Any reader may expect to recognize several that are personally known, and to learn much that is new…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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