Technological Progress from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution

Waterwheel, Darley Mill Centre / Wikimedia Commons Exploring the idea that we must think of technology in much broader terms than just material culture. By Brian Dickens Introduction Everyone has heard the terms “Stone Age,” “Bronze Age”, and “Iron Age”; associated with particular periods of history. For most people, these terms conjure up an entire image[…]

The Industrial Revolution: Rising on the Back of Agricultural Technology

Exploring the industrial revolution which changed the landscape and infrastructure of Britain forever. By Dr. Matthew White Visiting Research Fellow University of Hertfordshire The 18th century saw the emergence of the ‘Industrial Revolution’, the great age of steam, canals and factories that changed the face of the British economy forever. Early Industry Early 18th century British[…]

Coal and the Industrial Revolution

By Dr. Thomas G. Andrews Assistant Professor of History University of Colorado As of 1860, the United States was an industrial laggard. Great Britain, France, and Germany each produced more goods than their transatlantic counterpart. By 1900, however, U.S. industrial production exceeded “the combined manufacture of its three main rivals.” Why, and with what consequences?[…]

The Decline of Wood as an Economic Force with the Rise of the Industrial Revolution

The trail of the Centenary Walk in Epping Forest, south of High Beach, Essex – England / Photo by Diliff, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Bernd-Stefan Grewe / 12.05.2011 Chair Holder and Director Institute of History Didactics and Public History University of Tübingen Introduction For centuries, the woodlands of Europe were not only used for wood production, but[…]

Industrial Revolution Left a Damaging Psychological ‘Imprint’ on Today’s Populations of England and Wales

Wellcome Library Study finds people in areas historically reliant on coal-based industries have more ‘negative’ personality traits. Psychologists suggest this cognitive die may well have been cast at the dawn of the industrial age. 12.10.2017 People living in the former industrial heartlands of England and Wales are more disposed to negative emotions such as anxiety[…]