Feb 032014

If you’re looking for an additional (and a bit different) take on the origins of the eighteenth-century’s “industrial take-off,” you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to start than the recently released (2013) hour-long documentary¬†Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here. Produced by the BBC and hosted by the absurdly prolific Jeremy Black (Professor of History at the University of Exeter and author of ninety [90!] books), the documentary is an excellent introduction/overview of the many, disparate factors that contributed to the “British model” of industrial development.

To view it, simply click on the embedded video below:


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  1. Interesting that other parts of the world did not capitalize on their coal deposits and intellectual power in spite of the church and government. Had the opportunity would have been recognized, the Industrial Revolution may have sparked around the world. What would the world be like had this occurred?

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