The Industrial Revolution in Britain 1707 to 1830

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The Industrial Revolution in Britain 1707 to 1830

The birth of the industrial revolution in Britain between 1707 and 1830 - textiles, coal and iron, steam engines

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Course Description

The Industrial Revolution started in Britain in the eighteenth century. A number of factors converged to create the conditions for developments in industry and science. Agricultural improvements created a cadre of wealthy landowners with money to invest. Improved educational opportunities, particularly in Scotland, created a broader set of young people with ideas and ambition. Greater religious freedom allowed individuals of talent to develop businesses. Interest in science and technology blossomed and the birth of the coffee house culture brought people with ideas into the orbit of those with money.

But it was not all rosy. The new culture of ideas and experimentation was almost entirely limited to men. A woman’s place was seen to be in the home. At the same time the slave trade flourished providing much of the wealth for investment and, shamefully, Britain was a key facilitator in this odious business – and there were few voices of dissent at the time.

And the poor lived short and brutish lives of hard physical work in grim conditions with an inadequate diet and very little healthcare.

In this course I am going to take you through the key milestones of the early industrial revolution – in the textile industry, in coal mining and iron production, in civil engineering; in the development of steam power and the birth of the railways.


What will you learn in this course:

  • The history of the industrial revolution in Britain from 1707 to 1830
  • The factors that created the conditions for the industrial revolution
  • Developments in the textile industry in the eighteenth century
  • The development of steam as a source of power
  • The birth of steam locomotion
  • Developments in coal, coke and iron
  • Civil engineering in the eighteenth century
  • Scientific developments in the eighteenth century


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • There are no pre-course requirements
The Industrial Revolution in Britain 1707 to 1830


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

The Birth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain 1707 to 1830
10 Lectures
  • play icon The Birth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain 06:11 06:11
  • play icon The Textiles Revolution 13:35 13:35
  • play icon The Birth of the Steam Engine 10:29 10:29
  • play icon The Age of Steam Locomotion 14:31 14:31
  • play icon Fuelling the Industrial Revolution 09:26 09:26
  • play icon The Engineering Revolution 06:01 06:01
  • play icon The Scientific Revolution 18:28 18:28
  • play icon Black Lives in the Industrial Revolution 05:08 05:08
  • play icon The Birth of the Industrial Revolution 04:08 04:08
  • play icon The Industrial Revolution History Quiz 18:56 18:56

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Ross Maynard

Ross Maynard

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