Total installed steam horsepower in Britain:
  • In 1800: the equivalent of seven SUVs...
  • In 1870: the equivalent of the motor vehicles registered in Berkeley today...


Writing Assignment:

Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson write that the "historiography of the industrial revolution in England has moved away from viewing the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a unique turning point in economic and social development." Do you agree with their conclusion that the literature has moved too far in this direction? Why or why not?

Write a 200-500 essay on this topic. At least 18 hours before the class--by 6 PM PST on January 26, 2010--email your paper.

Thoughts, Notes, and Questions:

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Additional and Optional Readings:

  • C. Knick Harley (1988), "Ocean Freight Rates and Productivity, 1740-1913: The Primacy of Mechanical Invention Reaffirmed," Journal of Economic History 48:4 (December), pp. 851-876.
  • Nicholas Crafts (1998), "Forging Ahead and Falling behind: The Rise and Relative Decline of the First Industrial Nation," Journal of Economic Perspectives 12:2 (Spring), pp. 193-210.
  • C. Knick Harley (1982), "British Industrialization Before 1841: Evidence of Slower Growth During the Industrial Revolution," Journal of Economic History 42:2 (June), pp. 267-289.
  • Richard Easterlin (1995), "Industrial Revolution and Mortality Revolution: Two of a Kind?" Journal of Evolutionary Economics 5:4 (December), pp. 393-408.