History | Industrual Revolution
B358 | 26231 | G. Alter


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only

Between 1750 and 1900 Europe was transformed from an agricultural
society to an industrial society.  We will look for the roots of
modern economic growth in European society and the contributions of
science and technology, trade, government, and population.  We will
also consider the consequences of industrialization for living
standards, both long run improvements and short run hardships, and
the rise of European power abroad.  We will begin by examining the
economy of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Next, we will
look for patterns of economic development in the three largest
European powers, Britain, France and Germany.  After that, we will
take a thematic approach to the causes and consequences of the
Industrial Revolutions of the nineteenth century.