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Seth Koven: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Friday, December 07, 2018, 09:00am - 02:30pm

Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers

Class, Race, Gender, and Empire in the Making of the British Industrial Revolution

December 7, 2018, 9am-2:30pm

Seth Koven, Distinguished Professor, Departments of History and Poetics, Rutgers University

Steam engines, factories, coal and textiles are part of any historical reckoning about how and why Britain became the world's first great industrial capitalist economy.  But this seminar will also show why Caribbean slavery, sugar, Indian opium, and the labor of poor women and children were no less important in the making of the so-called Industrial Revolution.  The seminar will explore the emergence of the concept of the "Industrial Revolution," the many ways in which scholars have approached it while also using primary sources drawn from across the globe to link together British, imperial and global histories.