Why did the industrial revolution take place in 18th century Britain and not elsewhere in Europe or Asia? Robert Allen argues that the British industrial revolution was a successful response to the global economy of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Industrial Revolution and the pre-industrial economy -- I: The pre-industrial economy -- The high-wage economy of pre-industrial Britain -- The agricultural revolution -- The cheap energy economy -- Why England succeeded -- II: The Industrial Revolution -- Why was the Industrial Revolution British? -- The steam engine -- Cotton -- Coke smelting -- Inventors, enlightenment and human capital -- From Industrial Revolution to modern economic growth
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