The most momentous development of the last century and a half has been the industrialization off Western society and, more recently, the spread of that industrialization to other parts of the world. No subsequent chapter of this book can be written without taking into account the fundamental cultural transformations involved in the Industrial Revolution and which, since its course is not yet run, are still being involved. Neither the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the houses in which we live, the vehicles in which we transport ourselves, the amusements through which we seek diversion, the weapons with which we wage war nor the values which guide our lives have been immune from the influence of industrialization, fraught with its possibility of both good and ill for mankind. [excerpt]
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Bloom, Robert L. et al. "1. The Beginnings of Industrialization in England. Pt XIV: The Industrial Revolution, Classical Economics, and Economic Liberalism." Ideas and Institutions of Western Man (Gettysburg College, 1958), 1-5.