Total installed steam horsepower in Britain:
  • In 1800: the equivalent of seven SUVs
  • In 1870: the equivalent of the motor vehicles registered in Berkeley today...


Writing Assignment:

Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson write that the "historiography of the industrial revolution in England has moved away from viewing the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a unique turning point in economic and social development." Do you agree with their conclusion that the literature has moved too far in this direction? Why or why not?

Write a 200-500 essay on this topic. At least 18 hours before the class--by 6 PM PST on January 26, 2010--email your paper.

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