"Daunton has written a work of grand synthesis and sustained argument, which will be read and reread by professionals and students alike. He has drawn from a generation of revisionist studies to fashion a new and provocative account of the industrial revolution and its social context....A signal achievement not least because its author has rescued so many important findings from highly technical studies and made them part of a story told in lucid, attractive prose....Highest recommendation."--Choice
"Easily the best modern social and economic history of the transition to industrialism. A brilliant, comprehensive and judicious synthesis."--Harold Perkin, Northwestern University
"The virtue of Daunton's book is its particularity and wealth of detail...A quite intelligent and wide-ranging economic history of this period."--The Albion
About the Author
Martin Daunton is Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and President of the Royal Historical Society. He was formerly Professor of Economic History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He has written extensively on British history since 1700, especially on urban history and economic and social policy, and is the author of Progress and Poverty, which covers the period from 1700 to 1851 and is also published by Oxford University Press.