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    Barrie Trinder(Author)

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Barrie Trinder has been a leading expert on industrial history for many years and this is perhaps his most important book to date: a general overview of the industrial revolution across the British Isles. The industrial revolution was one of the defining changes of human history, and it happened in Britain first. It changed radically the way in which goods were made: for the first time large factories were built to house the machines and power systems that had been invented. It led to new ways of working, and living: it concentrated workers in large workplaces, often in the rapidly growing towns and cities. Along with spectacular profits and economic benefits, it brought danger, pollution and increasing inequality between rich and poor. Alongside industry arrived canals, railways, cast-iron bridges and iron ships. The industrial revolution created the country and the society we recognise today.

'An authoritative, comprehensive and accessible study from the hand of a master.' David Gwyn 'Barrie Trinder's work over recent decades has played a vital part in the recognition and understanding of the importance of Britain's legacy as the first industrial nation. In this magisterial survey he now takes the long view in an impressive and wide-ranging survey of the experience of industrialisation, presenting the fruits of a lifetime of research in a richly illustrated picture of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. A valuable, accessible and up-to-date overview achieved through an impressive union of local examples and wide historical insights.' Kate Tiller 'Barrie Trinder is one of our foremost industrial historians. This fully illustrated book is a compendium of his own observations over more than fifty years coupled with the work of others across Britain and Ireland. It shows in detail, superbly illustrated, numerous sites and places where industry, coal, iron, steel, lead, tin, textiles, and many more activities once ruled. So much has now gone that the book is as much a record of a now lost industrial world as it is an account of Britain's industrial revolution. A monumental study of the industrial glory that we have now lost, this is a book that anyone with an interest in our industrial heritage as well as our towns can enjoy dipping into, from an author who has criss-crossed the British Isles to record and document our industrial heritage. The numerous illustrations with long and helpful captions make this a compelling account.' Prof. John V. Beckett 'This is the story of the great powerhouse of British history. Here, renowned historian Barrie Trinder offers a magisterial and comprehensive view, sweeping in its perspectives yet coloured by a wealth of rich and vivid detail. It is timely in two senses. First, the Industrial Revolution, its causes, effects and aftermath, are increasingly the subject of conjecture, analysis and research. This engaging new study opens the door to that debate. Second, in Barrie Trinder we have an erudite mentor who affords us the immediacy of his own experiences; of doubling at Masson Mill, weaving at Saltaire, casting at New Foundry, Stourbridge.And, in this compendium he brings a sense of clarity to themes that are often conflated; the revolution in transport as distinct from its engineering structures, the steam engine analyzed both as a source of energy and the creation of mechanical engineers. To all with an interest in this most misunderstood episode in the nation's history, Barrie Trinder's new book brings, as no other, the Industrial Revolution into focus.' [Sir] Neil Cossons 'Britain's Industrial Revolution is a magisterial achievement. Compendious yet sharply incisive, expert yet wise, academically exact yet visually compelling and at times almost poetic, it presents a lifetime's investigation and understanding of one of the most exciting moments in world history in a volume of Braudelian scope and ambition. It is hard to imagine that anyone but Barrie Trinder could have brought this prodigious enterprise to fruition. There has been no other book like it and it will be the standard bearer for a generation.' All best wishes. It is going to be an outstanding book! Dr Peter Wakelin

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  • PDF | 688 pages
  • Barrie Trinder(Author)
  • Carnegie Publishing Ltd (14 Mar. 2013)
  • English
  • 2
  • History

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  • By Guest on 1 July 2013

    This book has to be one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly researched surveys of the industrial revolution in Britain. It is a big book - over 650 pages - and it is stuffed with maps, diagrams, photographs, drawings and paintings, many of them contemporary with the events and places described in the text.Every aspect of the industrial revolution is touched on - coal, cotton, iron & steel, woolens, engineering, railways, ceramics, roads, canals. All the regions of Britain are described, although there is a clear concentration on the developments in the English Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire since this is where a lot of the action took place. Wales, Scotland and Ireland all have their place - with the unearthly wilderness of the abandoned Parys Mountain copper mine on Anglesey a particularly memorable location.The detail is impressive, with all kinds of records mined to give a full flavour of individual towns and wider districts. The census records shine a light on just how many people were engaged in particular jobs and trades, such as the canal barge folk shown engaged in their trade scattered across England, many miles from home. The sheer ferment of activity is vividly brought to light - with the myriad of small concerns shown alongside the larger and more famous companies and mills.This remarkable and fascinating period in world history is made to live again in the pages of this book - and there are reminders of events, places and people that are almost forgotten in our 21st century.I'd recommend every home to have a copy - you can use it as an excellent preparation for visiting the growing list of industrial heritage museums and preservations, such as Quarry Bank (Cotton) Mill, the superb set of locations around Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, Crofton Beam Engines, the Great Western Society at Didcot and so on.

  • By Dr Iain Stuart on 15 May 2013

    This is an extensive and well illustrated survey of the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom. It is easy to read and presented in an attractive manner.

  • By PeterFGF on 10 May 2015

    An excellent book, crammed full of details, drawings, photographs and descriptions on most, if not all, aspects of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. A magnificent work by Barrie Trinder. It is perhaps not to be read through from cover to cover in one reading, but more to be dipped into and absorbed at length. Highly recommended.

  • By Andy on 25 February 2014

    A lovely book and great value. Lots of illustrated pages and covers everything about this period. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.

  • By Archibald on 13 March 2014

    This is an up to date reference tome to all aspects of Britain's Industrial Revolution from an acknowledged expert author.

  • By East & West Junction Railway on 8 October 2015

    The definitive work on the subject. Mr Trinder must have spent the great part of a lifetime researching the subject to come up with so much detail. Unreservedly recommended!

  • By CB on 1 April 2015

    A remarkably detailed account of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with a large number of fascinating illustrations. An excellent book.


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