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Revolutions: The Industrial Revolution

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  • Primary Sources
    • The child and the state, vol. I: legal status in the family, apprenticeship and child labor: select documents.../Grace Abbott
    • Documents of the Industrial Revolution 1750-1850: select economic and social documents for sixth forms / edited by Richard L. Tames. HC 254.5 .D63 2014
    • English historical documents, 1715-1783 / edited by D. B. Horn and Mary Ransome. DA26 E55 v.10
    • English historical documents, 1783-1832 / edited by A. Aspinall and E. Anthony Smith. DA26 E55 v.11
    • English historical documents, 1833-1874 / edited by G. M. Young and W. D. Handcock. DA26 E55 v.12 pt.1
    • The English reform tradition, 1790-1910 / edited by Sydney W. Jackman. DA530 .J32
    • Great Britain: the lion at home; a documentary history of domestic policy, 1689-1973 / edited by Joel H. Wiener. DA470 .W48 v.I and v.II
    • How they lived, vol. III: an anthology of original documents written between 1700 and 1815 / compiled by Professor Asa Briggs. DA32.5 H6 v.3
    • The industrial revolution : a history in documents / Laura L. Frader. HD2329 .F73 2006  2 copies
    • Lives and voices : sources in European women's history / Lisa DiCaprio, Merry E. Wiesner. HQ1587 .D53 2001
    • Pageant of Europe: sources and selections from the Renaissance to the present day / Raymond Phineas Stearns D5.5 S8 1961
    • Readings in English history / edited by Arvel B. Erickson and Martin J. Havran. DA32.5 .E7
    • They saw it happen: an anthology of eyewitness's accounts of events in British history, 1689-1897 / T. Charles-Edwards and B. Richardson. DA480 C53 1970
    • The Victorian mind: an anthology / edited and selected by Gerald B. Kauvar and Gerald C. Sorensen.DA533 K2
    • Voices of the Industrial Revolution: selected readings from the Liberal economists and their critics / edited by John Bowditch and Clement Ramsland. HB31 B6 1961
    • Voices of Victorian England: contemporary accounts of daily life / edited by J. A. Wagner. DA550 .V65 2014  (also an online ebook)
  • Secondary Sources (some will also include primary source material)
    • The age of reform, 1815-1870/ E. l. Woodward.  DA530 W6  [Britain]
    • Artisans in Europe, 1300-1914 / James R. Farr. HD2346 .E85 F37 2000
    • Becoming visible: women in European history / edited by Renate Bridenthal, Susan Mosher Stuard and Merry E. Wiesner. HQ 1588 .B43 1998
    • Behemoth: a history of the factory and the making of the modern world / Joshua B. Freeman.  HD2351 .F68 2018
    • The British Industrial Revolution in global perspective / Robert C. Allen. HC254.5 .A663 2009
    • The Cambridge illustrated history of Germany / Martin Kitchen. DD89 .K55 1996
    • Childhood and child labour in the British Industrial Revolution / Jane Humphries. HD6250.G7 H86 2011  2 copies
    • Concise economic history of Britain from 1750 to recent times / W. H. B. Court. HC253 C67 1967
    • Daily life in Victorian England / Sally Mitchell. DA533 .M675 2009  (also an online ebook)
    • Daily life of Victorian women / Lydia Murdoch. HQ1596 .M87 2014 (also an online ebook)
    • Economic development in Europe / Clive Day. HC240 D34 1948
    • Economic history of Europe /
    • An economic history of Europe: knowledge, institutions and growth, 600 to the present /Karl Gunnar Persson and Paul Sharp. HC240 .P388 2015
    • An economic history of modern Britain / John H. Clapham.HC255 C55  2 vols
    • England on the eve of the Industrial Revolution: a study of economic and social conditions from 1740 to 1760.../ Louis W. Moffit. HC254.5 M6 1964
    • A farewell to alms : a brief economic history of the world / Gregory Clark. 2007 (an online ebook)
    • France, 1814-1940 / J. P. T. Bury. DC 251 B8 1989
    • Gender and poverty in nineteenth century Europe / Rachel G. Fuchs. HQ 1587 .F82 2005
    • How the west grew rich: the economic transformation of the industrial world / Nathan Rosenberg and L. E. Birdzell, Jr. HC240 .R67 1986
    • The Industrial Revolution, 1760-1830 / T. S. Ashton. HC255 .A8 1964
    • The Industrial Revolution: a very short introduction / Robert C. Allen. HC254.5 .A664 2017
    • The Industrial Revolution in the eighteen century: an outline of the beginnings of the modern factory system in England /Paul Mantoux. HC254.5 M33 1961
    • The industrial revolution in world history / Peter N. Stearns. 2007 (an online ebook)
    • The industrial revolutionaries: the making of the modern world, 1776-1914 / Gavin Weightman. HD 2321 .W45 2007
    • Liberty's dawn : a people's history of the Industrial Revolution / Emma Griffin.  HC253 .G75 2013 (also an online ebook)
    • The Norton history of technology / Donald Cardwell. T15 .C37 1995
    • Oxford illustrated history of modern Europe / edited by T. C. W. Blanning. D299 .O84 1996
    • Power in the Industrial Revolution / Richard L. Hills.TS1525 .H5 1970
    • The pursuit of power: Europe 1815-1914 / Richard J. Evans. D363 .E97 2016
    • Technology: a world history / Daniel R. Headrick. T15 .H42 2005
    • Technology in world civilization / Arnold Pacey. T15 .P353
    • Technology in world history: the industrial age. edited by W. Bernard Carlson. CB478 .T3848 2005, v.5
    • Technology of the industrial revolution / edited by Margaret Vallencourt.  2016 (an online ebook)
    • Transformation of the world: a global history of the nineteenth century  / Jürgen Osterhammel. D358 .O8813 2014
    • Women's roles in eighteenth century Europe / Jennine Hurl-Eamon. HQ 1587 .H87 2010
    • Working-class formation: nineteenth century patterns in Western Europe and the United States / edited by Ira Katznelson and Aristide R. Zolbery. HD8430 W67 1967

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  • From Wikipedia's article on Academic use: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for academic writing or research."  
  • To find reliable websites:
  • Aspects of the Industrial Revolution in Britain (Course materials including documents, images, links, and more from Prof. Gerard M. Koot, History Dept., UMass Dartmouth)
  • Famous People of the Industrial Revolution (from Biography Online)
  • The Industrial Revolution (primary source collection from Professor Paul Halsall's Internet History Sourcebooks Project, Fordham University)
  • An Industrial Nation? (Timeline of the Industrial Revolution in Britain from the British National Archives)
  • Spartacus Educational (free online encyclopedia with essays and other educational material on a wide variety of historical subjects produced by Spartacus, a publishing company formed by former teacher John Simkin)
  • Victorian Britain ("..historical sources and articles written by experts that reveal the everyday reality of living in Victorian Britain" from the British Library)
  • The Victorian Web (one of the oldest, most scholarly, and most extensive websites on the Victorian era in Britain, The Victorian Web was created by George P. Landow, Professor of English and the History of Art, Brown University)

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Updated 10/2018