Energy and the English Industrial Revolution by E. A. Wrigley

By E. A. Wrigley

the economic revolution remodeled the efficient strength of societies. It did so via drastically expanding the person productiveness, therefore providing complete populations from poverty. during this new account by means of one of many world's said gurus the critical factor isn't really easily how the revolution started yet nonetheless extra why it didn't speedy finish. the reply lay within the use of a brand new resource of power. Pre-industrial societies had entry in simple terms to very restricted power offers. so long as mechanical strength got here mostly from human or animal muscle and warmth power from wooden, the utmost possible point of productiveness used to be sure to be low. Exploitation of a brand new resource of power within the kind of coal supplied an break out course from the restrictions of an natural economic system but in addition introduced novel risks. considering this occurred first in England, its adventure has a unique fascination, although different nations quickly suit.

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