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The prosperity of the Victorian age was built at a time of rapid economic growth, powered by the Industrial Revolution. Fortunately for Britain, the process owed as much to evolution as revolution.


Britannia Biographies

The internet's most comprehensive treatment of the Times, Places, Events and People of British History. Narrative histories of England, Wales, Scotland and London, timelines, biographies, glossaries, bibliographies, historical documents, much more. 


History Channel

Learn about the specifics of the industrial revolution in Great Britain where the first one occurred. New social and vocational classes emerged, and the organization of work changed profoundly. Find out how industrialization spread to other countries from Great Britain.  Use the search box to find particular inventors/scientists/engineers.


How Stuff Works

Explore how the Industrial Revolution brought urbanization, higher standards of living, increased trade, exploitation of workers, and unemployment. Analyze how it is responsible for both the wonders of science and the horrors of war. Learn how it brought capitalism, communism, labor unions, and government regulation. Use the search box to find particular inventors/scientists/engineers.


Yale-Teachers Institute

The information features a historical narrative focusing upon the social and political setting that opened the door to mass production of goods and increased human services in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Throughout the article, there are many references to inventors/scientists/engineers.


Cornell KMODDL

KMODDL is a collection of mechanical models and related resources for teaching the principles of kinematics--the geometry of pure motion.  There are a few of the inventors/scientists/engineers on this site.



The Factory System: A small selection of ground-breaking inventors related to the textile industry.