Industrial Revolution

We delve into this turbulent age of change as we interview prominent protesters and explore why it took so long for the slave trade to be abolished. We also consider who were the winners and losers within the industrial age and look at the key factors that help explain how Britain built such a large empire.

3.1 Industrial Revolution (in One Take) - James Hargreaves, Richard Arkwright, Isambard Kingdom Brunel lead the list of prominent pioneers featured in this highly engaging overview.

3.2 Did everyone benefit from the Industrial Revolution? - We meet the industrialists as well as middle and working classes to consider whether everyone benefited from Britain's prosperity.

3.3 Why did Britain allow the horrors of the slave trade to carry on for so long? - William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Olaudah Equiano and Toussaint Louverture all stake their claim for bringing about the ultimate abolition of slavery.

3.4 Why did so many people risk their lives to protest a this time? - From the Luddites to the Suffragettes, we meet the protesters who made their voices heard in dangerous times.

3.5 How was the small island of Britain able to gain such a massive empire? - We explore the rise of the British Empire and consider which factors help us understand how it was able to grow so quickly.



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