The Industrial Revolution : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Patrick N. Allitt Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

From electric lights to automobiles to the appliances that make our lives easier at work and at home, we owe so much of our world to the Industrial Revolution. In this course, The Great Courses partners with the Smithsonian - one of the world's most storied and exceptional educational institutions - to examine the extraordinary events of this period and uncover the far-reaching impact of this incredible revolution. Over the course of 36 thought-provoking lectures, longtime Great Courses favorite Professor Allitt introduces you to the inventors, businessmen, and workers responsible for transforming virtually every aspect of our lives and fueling one of the greatest periods of innovation in human history.
The technological achievements of this era are nothing short of astonishing. Thanks to inventions such as the steam engine and processes such as large-scale iron smelting, industrial entrepreneurs were able to mechanize labor, which allowed for a host of new efficiencies such as division of labor, mass production, and global distribution.
You'll discover the science behind some of the most astounding inventions in modern history, including the spinning jenny, the incandescent light bulb, and the computer processor. You'll learn how these inventions came about and consider what effects these technologies had on every aspect of human life.
Get an inside look at the history of industrial innovation and explore the lives of engineers, inventors, architects, and designers responsible for changing the world - as well as ordinary workers who lost their livelihoods to new technologies and suffered from unsafe working conditions. The story of the Industrial Revolution is complex, and these lectures will leave you with a new appreciation for the amazing human achievements all around us.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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really enjoyed this, though I want expecting to!

this course covers a far greater period than I had realised was part of the Industrial Revolution. professorAlitt has a jaunty tone (though sounds a tad like Alan partridge!) and kept me interested for the whole course. there are some fascinating insights, especially as to path dependency: many seemingly insignificant inventions and developments were completely game changing.
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- Olly Buxton

An excellent introduction to the topic

What made the experience of listening to The Industrial Revolution the most enjoyable?

The overview was excellent. The lectures did not start with the revolution but gives a very good background that gets you into the topic and ready for the rest.

What other book might you compare The Industrial Revolution to, and why?

Any book on the same era is a useful comparison and companion.

Have you listened to any of Professor Patrick N. Allitt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I am listening to US history. He's good in both.

Any additional comments?

One might say that the focus on England was too much. Of course England was the frontrunner of the revolution but the problem probably was that the whole series should have been longer to cover more things. Overall, very good.

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- Catlyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses