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Week Eleven: the Origins of Modernity


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Lecture preparation (week beginning 7 October)

This week you are required to read chapter 11 of Maps of Time.

Associated tutorial in week beginning 14 October

This week we will consider the following questions:

  • How do we explain the emergence of industrialism?
  • Why did it first occur in western Europe?
  • Why did Britain become the world's first industrial nation?
  • In what ways have we benefited from industrialism?
  • In what ways has it caused us problems?

Recommended further reading

The following books are recommended should you wish to investigate further the subjects explored in this week's lecture and likely to be discussed in this week's tutorial:

  • Anderson, Michael. 1996. British population history :From the black death to the present day. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Anderson, Perry. 1978. Passages from antiquity to feudalism. London: Verso.
  • ---. 1974; 1974. Lineages of the absolutist state. London: N.L.B.
  • Ashton, T. S. 1968. The industrial revolution, 1760-1830. Oxford paperbacks university series. London ; New York: Oxford U.P.
  • Cipolla, Carlo M. 1978. The economic history of world population. Pelican books. 7th ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin.
  • ---. 1975. Before the industrial revolution :European society and economy, 1000-1700. London: Methuen.
  • ---. 1965. Guns and sails in the early phase of european expansion 1400-1700. London: Collins.
  • ---. 1965. Guns, sails and empires :Technological innovation and the early phases of european expansion, 1400-1700. New York: Minerva Press.
  • Giddens, Anthony. 2002. Runaway world :How globalisation is reshaping our lives. 2nd ed. London: Profile.
  • ---. 1995. A contemporary critique of historical materialism. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan.
  • Gregg, Pauline. 1976. Black death to industrial revolution :A social and economic history of england. New York: Barnes & Noble Books.
  • Marshall, Gordon. 1982. In search of the spirit of capitalism :An essay on max weber's protestant ethic thesis. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Mokyr, Joel. 1985. The economics of the industrial revolution. London: Allen & Unwin.
  • Mokyr, Joel, and Oxford University Press. 2003. The oxford encyclopedia of economic history. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Tilly, Charles. 1992. Coercion, capital, and european states, AD 990-1992. Studies in social discontinuity. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell.
  • ---. 1981; 1981. As sociology meets history. Studies in social discontinuity. New York: Academic Press.
  • Vervoorn, Aat. 2006. Re orient :Change in asian societies. 3rd ed. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • ---. 2002. Re orient :Change in asian societies. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Wallerstein, Immanuel. 1989; 1989. The modern world-system: I. Studies in social discontinuity. San Diego ; London ; Sydney: Academic Press.
  • ---. 1980. The modern world-system: II. Studies in social discontinuity. New York ; London ; Sydney: Academic Press.
  • ---. 1974. The modern world-system: III . Studies in social discontinuity. New York: Academic Press.
  • Wrigley, E. A. 1988. Continuity, chance and change :The character of the industrial revolution in england. The ellen McArthur lectures. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • ---. 1988. Continuity, chance and change :The character of the industrial revolution in england. The ellen McArthur lectures. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • ---. 1987. People, cities and wealth :The transformation of traditional society. Oxford ; New York: Blackwell.

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