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An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England   By: (1861-1947)

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An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England by Edward Potts Cheyney is a comprehensive work that delves deep into the fascinating and complex history of England's industrial and social transformations. Cheyney skillfully navigates readers through centuries of development and change, providing a well-researched and insightful analysis of various aspects of English society.

One of the remarkable strengths of this book lies in Cheyney's ability to balance both industrial and social history, seamlessly intertwining the two to create a cohesive narrative of England's past. The book doesn't merely focus on the economic aspects of industrialization, but examines how these changes affected the lives of ordinary people as well. By exploring the social implications, Cheyney not only provides a comprehensive overview of the Industrial Revolution but also highlights its impact on the collective psyche of the nation.

Cheyney's writing style is accessible and engaging, making the book a suitable choice for both academic readers and general enthusiasts of history. He presents a wealth of information in a clear and concise manner, without overwhelming readers with excessive jargon or technicalities. This accessibility, coupled with the author's evident expertise, ensures that readers can easily grasp the complex concepts and themes presented throughout the book.

Moreover, Cheyney explores a wide range of topics, delving into the political, economic, and cultural aspects of English society during different historical periods. From the rise of the medieval guilds to the impact of the Industrial Revolution, he thoroughly examines the key drivers of change and the resulting consequences. By adopting a holistic approach, Cheyney succeeds in presenting a multi-dimensional account that captures the complexity and nuances of England's history.

However, it is important to note that the book's scope can be quite comprehensive at times. While this thoroughness allows for a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, it might overwhelm readers seeking a more focused or concise study. Additionally, some readers may find the occasional absence of specific case studies or in-depth analysis of specific historical events to be a minor drawback.

Overall, An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England offers an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding the profound transformations that shaped English society. Edward Potts Cheyney's expertise and passion for the subject matter are evident throughout the book, making it a valuable addition to any history lover's collection. It is a well-researched and thought-provoking read that provides a solid foundation for further exploration into the intricacies of England's industrial and social evolution.

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An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England

[Illustration: New Sixteenth Century Manor House with Fields still Open, Gidea Hall, Essex. Nichols: Progresses of Queen Elizabeth .]




Professor of European History in the University of Pennsylvania

New York The MacMillan Company London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd. 1916 All rights reserved Copyright, 1901, By The MacMillan Company.

Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1901. Reprinted January, October, 1905; November, 1906; October, 1907; July, 1908; February, 1909; January, 1910; April, December, 1910; January, August, December, 1911; July, 1912; January, 1913; February, August, 1914; January, November, 1915; April, 1916.


This text book is intended for college and high school classes. Most of the facts stated in it have become, through the researches and publications of recent years, such commonplace knowledge that a reference to authority in each case has not seemed necessary. Statements on more doubtful points, and such personal opinions as I have had occasion to express, although not supported by references, are based on a somewhat careful study of the sources. To each chapter is subjoined a bibliographical paragraph with the titles of the most important secondary authorities... Continue reading book >>

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