The Industrial Revolution (World History Companions)

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Covers the many facets of the Industrial Revolution around the world, including bureaucracy, child labor, and work ethics.

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Peter Stearns is the Heinz professor of history and dean of the College of Humanties at Carnegie Mellon University. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social History and has written and edited numerous articles, book reviews, and books.

John Hinshaw received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and has taught there and at Bates College. He has published reviews and articles and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Social History.

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The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 1760s and quickly spread to Europe and the U.S.; by the early 1900s it encompassed Japan, Australia, and South Africa. In the 1960s South Korea and other Pacific Rim countries were industrialized. This entry in the ABC-Clio World History Companions series covers the many facets of this revolution. While the prime focus appears to be Britain and the U.S., one finds also a great deal of information on the experience of other countries. For example, Entrepreneurs, Origins of mentions Russia, Japan, South Korea, and France and also Protestantism and Catholicism. In addition there are 25 country or regional entries, ranging from Argentina to Sub-Saharan Africa--all focused on their experiences with industrialization. These entries provide thumbnail sketches of the development of industry and unions, the help or hindrance of government, etc.

A few companies (Bell Laboratories, Honda), organizations (Bourses de Travail, World Bank), and people (Rudolf Diesel, Mao Zedong) have entries, but by far the majority of entries are topical. These range from Bureaucracy to Child Labor, Exploitation, Maquiladoras, Middle Class, and Work Ethic. All entries are brief, with the longest at about two pages. There are a number of half-or full-page black-and-white illustrations, for example, a strike scene in Japan, cotton being loaded for transport in Egypt. Most entries provide see also references to other relevant entries and one or two books for further reading. All of these titles appear in a bibliography arranged by author at the end of the volume. A chronology begins in 1563 when "English Statute of Apprentices requires guild regulation over skilled labor" and ends in 1994 with NAFTA. Two incorrect dates were noted: "1702--Thomas Newcomen invents steam engine" (should be 1712); "1968--U.S. lands man on the moon" (should be 1969).

Stearns, Heinz Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University and editor of the Journal of Social History and the Encyclopedia of Social History, and his coauthor John Hinshaw, also from Carnegie Mellon, know their subject and provide a good glimpse of the ramifications of this revolution in the world today. Not everyone will agree with everything written here, but as an introduction to an important topic, The ABC-Clio World History Companion to the Industrial Revolution is a useful title for high-school, academic, and public libraries.

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