The Industrial Revolution
History, Documents, and Key Questions
by Jeff Horn
September 2016, 187pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-884-9
$76, £59, 67€, A105
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What was life during the Industrial Revolution like in the U.S. and Europe? For farmers, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats, and workers?

Through this book's roughly 50 reference entries, readers will gain a better appreciation of what life during the Industrial Revolution was like and see how the United States and Europe rapidly changed as societies transitioned from an agrarian economy to one based on machines and mass production.

The Industrial Revolution remains one of the most transformative events in world history. It forever changed the economic landscape and gave birth to the modern world as we know it. The content and primary documents within The Industrial Revolution: History, Documents, and Key Questions provide key historical background of the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States, enable students to gain unique insights into life during the period, and allow readers to perceive the similarities to developments in society today with ongoing advances in current science and technology.

Roughly 50 reference entries provide essential information about the most important people and developments related to the Industrial Revolution, including Richard Arkwright, coal, colonialism, cotton, the factory system, pollution, railroads, and the steam engine. Each entry provides information that gives readers a sense of the importance of the topic within a historical and societal perspective. For example, the coverage of movements during the Industrial Revolution explains the origin of each, including when it was established, and by whom; its significance; and the social context in which the movement was formed. Each entry cites works for further reading to help users learn more about specific topics.


  • Provides entries on a wide range of ideas, individuals, events, places, movements, organizations, and objects and artifacts of the Industrial Revolution that allow readers to better grasp the lasting significance of the period
  • Offers a historical overview essay that presents a narrative summary of the causes of the Industrial Revolution and a timeline of the most important events related to the Industrial Revolution
  • Includes primary sources—each introduced by a headnote—that supply contemporary perspectives on vital elements of social history, especially the actions and conditions of laborers during the Industrial Revolution, providing insights into people's actions and motivations during this time of transition
Jeff Horn, PhD, is professor of history at Manhattan College in New York City. He is the author or coeditor of five books, including four on the Industrial Revolution: The Path Not Taken: French Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750–1830; Greenwood's The Industrial Revolution: Milestones in Business History; Reconceptualizing the Industrial Revolution; and Economic Development in Early Modern France: The Privilege of Liberty, 1650–1820.


"Articles are tightly written and to the point, each followed by cross-references and further reading. The concluding section asks three 'Key Questions' and provides responses with differing points of view. Useful for high school and college assignments, these entries may find readership among history buffs in public libraries as well."—Library Journal, July 1, 2017
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