Conferences and Events

Technology in the Industrial Revolution

A Public lecture by Dr. Barbara Hahn, Texas Tech University

1st June 2020


The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at King's College

London and the Department of Economic History at the London School of

Economics are pleased to announce an upcoming public lecture. Dr. Barbara

Hahn (Texas Tech University) will speak on 'Technology in the Industrial

Revolution', the subject of her recently published book. An abstract for the

talk is copied below, and more about the book can be found here: 

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/technology-in-the-industrial-revolution/949B7F585E30055E0CF08828C2F50C0B

The lecture will be held on the LSE campus, in the Alumni Theatre

(New Academic Building, on Kingsway). It will begin at 18:00 aiming

to end around 19:30. Dr Hahn's talk will be followed by a response

from Professor Jane Humphries and a subsequent question period.

The event is first come first served.

Technology in the Industrial Revolution:
Technological change is about more than inventions. Barbara Hahn's concise

new history of the Industrial Revolution places the eighteenth-century British

textile industry in global context, locating its causes in government protection,

global competition, and colonialism. Inventions from spinning jennies to steam

engines came to define an age that culminated in the acceleration of the fashion

cycle, the intensification in demand and supply of raw materials and the rise of a

plantation system that would reconfigure world history in favor of British (and

European) global domination. Intended for the classroom, this accessible analysis

of the classic case of rapid and revolutionary technological change takes readers

from the north of England to slavery, cotton plantations, the Anglo-Indian trade

and beyond – placing technological change at the center of world history.

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