In recent years it has become commonplace to downplay notions of an industrial revolution and argue instead that Britain's transformation was gradual and incremental. In The Industrial Revolution and the Atlantic Economy Brinley Thomas contests this view, arguing that change in the energy base and hence in technology has enabled Britain to overcome

chapter 2|26 pages

The first Atlantic economy, 1700–76

chapter 3|21 pages

The end of the charcoal iron age

chapter 5|21 pages

Henry Cort and the primacy of Britain