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Nelson Modern History: The Industrial Revolution

By | Copyright Year:2015 | ISBN-13: 9780170244008

The Industrial Revolution has been developed especially for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world.

Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Senior students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. Students will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

This student book examines the preconditions to the industrial revolution in Britain and the roles played by individuals and groups in transforming a small island kingdom to economic global power in little more than a century. In addition to considering rapid technology changes this work also examines the social, economic and political consequences of the transformation and explores the ways in which the second industrial revolution laid the foundations of the modern world.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


Changing the world: Industrial Revolution 1750–1890

Doers and thinkers

The Luddite Rebellion and the Peterloo Massacre

The factory age

Life and death during the Industrial Revolution

From Chartism to unionism

Steam, steel and the Second Industrial Revolution



Professor Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History. As series editor, Tony played a pivotal role in the development of the Nelson Modern History series. He is author of Nelson Modern History title, The Industrial Revolution and co-author of The Changing World Order.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, biographical profiles that incorporate activities and discussions of historians and schools of interpretation

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.