The Industrial Revolution, 1760-1830, by T. S. Ashton (New York: Oxford University Press, 1948). A renowned economic historian refutes the myth of "immiseration" accompanying the industrial revolution.
Capitalism and the Historians, ed. by F. A. Hayek . See the discussion in the section on History.
How the West Grew Rich, by Nathan Rosenberg and L. E. Birdzell, Jr. See the discussion in the section on History.
The Birth of a Consumer Society: The Commercialization of Eighteenth-Century England, by Neil McKendrick, John Brewer, and J. H. Plumb (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982). An engrossing and scholarly account of the growth of a market society, with its attendant elimination of privileges and increase in social mobility.
The Causes of the Industrial Revolution, by Ronald Max Hartwell (London: Methuen, 1967). A useful general introduction to the study of the industrial revolution by a noted economic historian.
Child Labor and the Industrial Revolution, by Clark Nardinelli (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990). An economic historian looks at the participation by children in the workforce before, during, and after the industrial revolution and concludes that the growth of the market, rather than child labor laws, diminished child labor.
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