|Module Title||THE VITAL CENTURY:BRITISH ECONOMIC AND SOC HIST C.1770-1870|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Alice Russell|
|Course delivery||Lecture||10 Hours|
|Essay||1 x 2,500 word essay||30%|
This is a foundation course in British economic and social history. It gives the basic outlines of economic and social change during the period of rapid and sustained industrialization. The main themes include: general characteristics of economy and society on the eve of industrialization; change in the agricultural sector; the emergence and location of manufacturing industry; population growth and migration; the role of labour: supply and demand; technological advance and its implications; laissez-faire and free trade; transport and the appearance of the railways; urbanization and its social consequences; society and popular culture; the move from cottage work to factory employment; the emergence of the working class.
** Recommended Text
T. May. (1993) An Economic and Social History of Britain 1760-1970. Longman
P. Mathias. (1992) The First Industrial Nation. Methuen