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Article Review of De Vries' The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution

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Danny McHugh ? 11025132 Making History Assignment 2 Article Review ?The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution? In his article, titled ?The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution?, De Vries assess how the idea of Industrious Revolution accumulated into the large scale Industrial Revolution that is so greatly speculated and researched by modern historians. He mildly gives thought to a pre-researched ?protoindustrialization? that many historians see as an ?idea too many[1]?. Yet through his article he asses the possibility for regional economic and agricultural development to be causes of Industrial Revolution, rather than the products of it. De Vries looks at the the ?new industrious household?[2] and the evolution of a modern market for households. ...read more.

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easily seen that De Vries has a reoccurring theme when it comes to his ideas of the industrial revolution and delves deep into historiography previously overlooked such as the previously mentioned ?protoindustrialization? ideas of Franklin Mendel.[4] De Vries says himself that his ideas are not original, but he does set out a clear explanation towards a possible industrious revolution. However, his writing is vague towards any specifics, such as particular countries and regions, which saw different aspects of Industrialisation, and indeed industrious revolution. He is not alone in his opinions, yet he lacks evidence in a deeper contextual level. It is arguable that his writing is too short and does not have the space necessary to assess specifics in order to provide a true in depth analysis of the argument he attempts to portray. ...read more.

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His concluding idea that the Industrial Revolution has diminished is supported however in good arguments, the topic has become broadened and is regarded in a much different way to what it was. In terms of historiography, the article increases in value as contemporaries change in opinion. However, it is true, that for the argument to be thorough De Vries should have extended his levels of research and included specific examples in a longer and more detailed book. ________________ [1] J. De Vries, The Industrial Revolution and Industrious Revolution, The Journal of Economic History, 1994, 252 [2] J. De Vries, The Industrial Revolution and Industrious Revolution, The Journal of Economic History, 1994, 265 [3] http://eh.net/book_reviews/industrious-revolution-consumer-behavior-and-household-economy-1650-present (accessed on 15/11/2011) [4] J. De Vries, The Industrial Revolution and Industrious Revolution, The Journal of Economic History, 1994, 252 ...read more.

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