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A list of key readings about Industrial Revolution.
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Britain and world

  • Ashton, T. S. The Industrial Revolution, 1760-1830 (1948)online edition
  • Berg, Maxine. The Age of Manufactures, 1700-1820: Industry, Innovation and Work in Britain (2nd ed 1994)
  • Berg, Maxine , and Pat Hudson. "Rehabilitating the Industrial Revolution," The Economic History Review, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 24-50 online at JSTOR
  • Chandler, Alfred Dupont. The visible hand: the managerial revolution in American business (1977) online at ACLS e-books
  • Clapham, J.H. An Economic History Of Modern Britain 1820-1850 (2 vol 1939) vol 1 "The Early Railway Age" online
  • Crafts, N. F. R. British Economic Growth during the Industrial Revolution, (1985).
  • Crafts, N.F.R., and C. K. Harley. "Output Growth and the Industrial Revolution: A Restatement of the Crafts-Harley View." Economic History Review 1992. 45: 703-730. in JSTOR
  • Crafts, N.F.R. "Productivity Growth in the Industrial Revolution: A New Growth Accounting Perspective," Journal of Economic History (Jun 2004) Vol 64#2 pp 521-535 online at Cambridge University Press Journals
  • Deane, Phyllis. The First Industrial Revolution (2nd ed 2003) excerpt and text search
  • Deane, P. and Cole, W. A. British Economic Growth, 1688-1959: Trends and Structure, (2nd ed 1967); growth rates have been revised downward by Feinstein and others
  • Farnie, Douglas Antony, and Mike Williams. Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester (1992) 212 pages
  • Farnie, Douglas Antony, and David J. Jeremy. The Fibre That Changed the World: The Cotton Industry in International Perspective, 1600-1990s 2004
  • Giedion, Sigfried, Mechanization takes command: a contribution to anonymous history (1948) online at ACLS e-books
  • Goldstone, Jack A. "Efflorescences and Economic Growth in World History: Rethinking the 'Rise of the West' and the Industrial Revolution," Journal of World History Vol 13#2 , Fall 2002, pp. 323-389 in Project Muse
  • Horn, Jeff. The Industrial Revolution: Milestones in Business History (2007). 190pp. ISBN: 978-0-313-33853-3; basic textbook
  • Hudson, Pat. The Industrial Revolution (1992)
  • Jackson, R. V., "Rates of industrial growth during the Industrial Revolution", Economic History Review, 45, 1992, pp. 1-23. in JSTOR
  • Jones, E. L. The European miracle: Environments, economies and geopolitics in the history of Europe and Asia (2nd edition; 1987). excerpt and text search
  • Landes, David S. The Unbound Prometheus: technological change and industrial development in Western Europe from 1750 to the present 1969 online at ACLS e-books
  • Landes, David S. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (1998)
  • Mantoux, Paul. The Industrial Revolution in the Eighteenth Century: An Outline of the Beginnings of the Modern Factory System in England (1928, 1961) online edition
  • Mathias, Peter, and M. M. Postan, eds. The Cambridge Economic History of Europe from the Decline of the Roman Empire, Vol. 7, Pt. 1: The Industrial Economies: Capital, Labour and Enterprise, Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia, (1978)
  • Mokyr, Joel, ed. The British Industrial Revolution: An Economic Perspective 2nd ed. 1999 online edition
  • Nef, John U. The Rise of the British Coal Industry, 2 vols, 1932
  • Pollard, Sidney. The Genesis of Modern Management: A Study of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain (1965) 336 pages
  • Pomeranz, Kenneth. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000)
  • Rider, Christine, ed. Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920 2 vol (2007)
  • Rosenberg, Nathan, and L. E. Birdzell. How the West Grew Rich: The Economic Transformation of the Industrial World 1986 online edition
  • Rostow, W. W. The world economy: history & prospect (1978) online at ACLS e-books
  • Singer, Charles Joseph, ed. A history of technology: vol 4: The Industrial Revolution c 1750-c 1860 (1960) ch 4, and vol 5: The Late Nineteenth Centuiry, c 1850- c 1900, ch 3; online at ACLS e-books
  • Usher, Abbott Payson. An Introduction to the Industrial History of England (1920) 529 pages online edition

Social history

  • Allen, Robert C. Farm to Factory: A Reinterpretation of the Soviet Industrial Revolution (2003)
  • Checkland, S. G. The Rise of Industrial Society in England, 1815-1885, 1964.
  • Clapham, J. H. An Economic History of Modern Britain: The Early Railway Age, 1820-1850 (1926) online edition
  • de Vries, Jan. 1994. "The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution." Journal of Economic History 58.1: 249-270. in JSTOR
  • Feinstein, Charles H. "Pessimism Perpetuated: Real Wages and the Standard of Living in Britain during and after the Industrial Revolution." Journal of Economic History 1998. 58.3: 625-658. in JSTOR
  • Halevy, Elie. A History of the English People in the Nineteenth Century. Volume: 1: England in 1815 (1913) pp 256-337online edition
  • Hobsbawm, Eric J. The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848 1962, by leading Marxist
  • Lindert, Peter H., and Jeffrey G. Williamson. "English Workers' Living Standards during the Industrial Revolution: A New Look," The Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Feb., 1983), pp. 1-25 in JSTOR
  • Morgan, Kenneth. The Birth of Industrial Britain: Social Change, 1750-1850 (2004), 184pp
  • Smelser, Neil J. Social Change in the Industrial Revolution: An Application of Theory to the British Cotton Industry;; (1959) online edition
  • Snooks, Graeme Donald, ed. Was the Industrial Revolution Necessary? 1994. online edition
  • Stearns, Peter N. The Industrial Revolution in World History (1998)
  • Taylor, A. J. P. (ed.) The Standard of Living in Britain in the Industrial Revolution, 1975,
  • Wrigley, E. A. Continuity, Chance, and Change: The Character of the Industrial Revolution in England. 1988.

United States

  • Clark, Victor S. History of Manufactures in the United States: 1607-1860 (1916) online at
  • Copeland, Melvin Thomas. The Cotton Manufacturing Industry of the United States (1912) ch 1. online
  • Mathias, Peter, and M. M. Postan, eds. The Cambridge Economic History of Europe from the Decline of the Roman Empire, Vol. 7, Pt. 2 The Industrial Economies: Capital, Labour and Enterprise, The United States, Japan and Russia, (1978)
  • Nettels, Curtis. The Emergence of a National Economy, 1775-1815 (1962)
  • Olson, James S. Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in America (2001)
  • Taylor, George Rogers. The Transportation Revolution, 1815-1860 (1951)

Primary sources