Industrial Developments 1850–1914
(a) This period as a whole saw the continued growth of the staple (or basic) industries which had been at the centre of the ‘industrial take-off’ of the late eighteenth century; these industries included coal, textiles, shipbuilding and iron and steel. From the 1880s newer light industries began to emerge and this has been described by some historians as ‘the second industrial revolution’.
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