Industrial Revolution and British Exceptionalism

  • Christopher L. Colvin
  • Alexandra M. de Pleijt
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


The British Industrial Revolution is probably the most important event of the last 10,000 years. This chapter reviews some of the more recent literature on this topic. The focus is primarily on the timing and location of the Industrial Revolution. Contributing factors discussed include institutions, culture and human capital, factor prices, consumer goods and household work, female agency, finance, trade and geography.

JEL Classification

O10 O40 O57 N10 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher L. Colvin
    • 1
  • Alexandra M. de Pleijt
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen’s University BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.University of OxfordOxfordUK

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