- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813347297
- ISBN-13: 978-0813347295
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Northrup, Boston College
The provocative questions, wide-ranging geography, attention to individuals as well as groups and updated chapters ensure Stearns will remain the outstanding single volume covering the industrial revolutions. Like its subject, The Industrial Revolution in World History has continued to evolve. This fourth edition will continue to challenge students to analyze the effects of industrialization and modernization on the local, regional, national, and global levels for the future as well as the present and past.”
Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University
Praise for Previous Editions
Skillfully places the industrial revolution in world perspective and discusses its global rippling effect.”
An impressive survey of the spread of industrialization from the beginnings of that process in the United Kingdom and northwest Europe to much of the rest of the globe, with an emphasis on the social consequences of that continuous change Stearns compressed all this with rich prose and exceptional clarity.”
History: Reviews of New Books
Sets forth the high standards and ingenuity of thought one comes to expect from a master scholar In a most economical but engaging fashion, this interpretative essay goes forth to weave an illuminating tapestry tracing the industrial revolution from its origins in 18th century Britain to the 21st century.”
The spread of the book is excellent. Many countries totally overlooked in most books get treatment here Stearns's approach completely integrates the social changes that resulted from the industrial revolution This book would serve as an excellent text in an introductory course on the industrial revolution or as a supplemental text for a general history course from 1800 on. It is well written, easily accessible to general readers, and presupposes no technical background for the reader.”
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I think we do not talk or teach enough about creative destruction and some of the changes that industrialization created. No one I know truly believes that it would be a good thing for 7.5 billion people to transition back to drop all the new technologies that make production and life easier. And we are still going through this process. By looking backwards and learning from Peter Stearns' solid book, it helps prepare us for the changes we are currently living though with transitions in computing power and uses; changes as we move away from fossil fuels. All transitions take some jobs away, change our civil society, and add more opportunities in other places.
Solid read to help broaden my view and understanding.
-How the industrialization process started and has developed until today,
-How the world passed from manpower to mechanization,
-How the countries struggled to be a part of industrial revolution,
-How industrial espionage started,
-How it changed the world history,
-How it effected social life and environment.
The fourth edition of Stearns' book is one that offers unparalleled access to information about non-Western industrialization. He takes readers to the Middle East and Asia to discover information many of us never had access to. According to Stearns, the Industrial Revolution "was the most important single development in human history over the past three centuries." Concisely, he goes on to share a readable account of the places, people, and items that played a role in the revolution; however, the broad range of topics remains unintimidating.
In this easy-to-read historical account, Stearns poses thought-provoking questions about geography, sociology, and history. I was amazed to learn that Stearns has written and edited more than 115 books!
This is a great book for the history buff who has a high standard for reading material. It achieves exactly what it sets out to - it tells the story of the ripples that caused the world to change. As one of my first books on the topic, it prepared me to move on to heavier texts like Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought and reminded me of Guns, Germs, and Steel.