Few topics in British history have attracted so much research as the industrial revolution. But much of the attention that historians have paid to the industrial revolution over the past 100 years stems less from an interest in cotton, coal and the spinning jenny and more from a desire to establish how this event altered the life experiences of ordinary people. Who were the winners and who were the losers of this momentous event? And what benefits did industrialisation and mechanisation bring to the nameless men, women and children who worked in the factories and made it all happen? These are questions charged with political overtones, and they have polarised historians who have inevitably interpreted the disappearance of traditional society and the advent of capitalism in very different ways.
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- Winners and Losers: Living through the Industrial Revolution
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