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The Industrial Revolution SOW

Students and staff alike groan when you mention the Industrial Revolution. It brings up thoughts of having to teach crop rotation cycles and the Corn Laws. It lacks the romance of the medieval and Early Modern periods and lacks the mechanized rush of tank battles and nuclear explosions that is Twentieth Century. It occupies a middle ground, the transition period. It can be tough to teach.

This is odd. Odd because it is almost certainly the most important transformation humankind has ever witnessed. Certainly since the Agricultural Revolutio