For many Victorians, rapid advances in technology, in particular the use of machines to perform work that had previously been done by hand, were the most striking developments of the age. The mechanisation of the cotton industry, the invention of the steam engine and a myriad other contrivances and innovations in many branches of industry were taken as emblematic of nineteenth-century economic progress.
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- The ‘Mechanical Age’: Technology, Innovation and Industrialisation
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