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What The Industrial Revolution Did For Us
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"What the Industrial Revolution Did For Us" is a journey back in time, giving the reader an insight into how British life was transformed between 1750 and 1830, and how it shaped the world we live in today. So what did the Industrial Revolution do for us? Without the huge advances in science, engineering and medicine and the cast of extraordinarily colourful inventors and scientists who revolutionised the way we think, our modern world would be very different. We would be without vaccinations against contagious diseases and have no anaesthetics for surgery. The industrial revolution also gave birth to our national obsession with tea drinking, the mass production of crockery for the house-proud newly emerging Middle Classes and the transformation of clothing worn by the ordinary man and woman. As well as huge leaps in the evolution of machinery and manufacturing, our transport system was completely overhauled as the first ever steam trains emerged, roads were drastically improved, and canal mania took over Britain. The great industrial cities burgeoned and London became the international power it still is today. From the quacks advertising their potions to the new Middle Classes to the great innovators and entrepreneurs such as Robert Stephenson, James Watt and Josiah Wedgwood, "What the Industrial Revolution Did For Us" takes us right to the heart of the excitement of this revolutionary age.
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Gavin Weightman was brought up and educated in London. For many years he worked as a journalist, writing for New Society and History Today, before joining London Weekend Television where he was a producer and director of many highly acclaimed series including 'The Making of Modern London'. His books include the bestseller London's Thames and The Frozen Water Trade and Signor Marconi's Magic Box.

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