What drives supply and demand? High wages and cheap energy, asserts Professor Robert Allen in his enlightening book The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective. Published last month by Cambridge University Press, this is the first volume in the Economic History Society’s series New Approaches to Economic and Social History.
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Robert C. Allen © voxEU.org
15 May 2009
It is still not clear among economic historians why the Industrial Revolution actually took place in 18th century Britain. This column explains that it is the British Empire's success in international trade that created Britain's high wage, cheap energy economy, and it was the spring board for the Industrial Revolution.