Industry and Empire

The Birth of the Industrial Revolution

An updated edition of the classic study of the Industrial Revolution by “one of the few genuinely great historians of our century” (The New Republic)

“A masterly survey of the major economic developments and changes of the last two hundred years, sharply and ironically observed, and elegantly written.” —The Guardian

Premier historian Eric Hobsbawm’s brilliant study of the Industrial Revolution, which sold more than a quarter of a million copies in its original edition, is now back in print, updated for a new generation. In Industry and Empire, Hobsbawm explores the origin and dramatic course of the Industrial Revolution over two hundred and fifty years and its influence on social and political institutions. He describes and accounts for Britain’s rise as the first industrial power, its decline from domination, its special relation with the rest of the world, and the effects of this trajectory on the lives of its ordinary citizens. This new edition includes a fascinating summary of events of the last twenty years, and an illuminating new conclusion.

Books by Eric Hobsbawm

On History

Eric Hobsbawm

Interesting Times
A Twentieth-Century Life

Eric Hobsbawm

Fractured Times
Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

Eric Hobsbawm