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When Britannia Ruled....by industry

Wednesday 10 May 6pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych.

The Industrial Revolution was one of the great punctuation marks in human history. It led to great gains in productivity, lower prices, a standard of living. It also led to the extension of power over non-industrialised parts of the world.

Professor David Landes, Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard University, will highlight Great Britain's role as the innovator in the Revolution in a public lecture on Wednesday 10 May at LSE.

Professor Landes, author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations (Abacus, 1999), will be discussing efforts to minimise the significance of this change and Britain's role as an industrial nation - a would be revolution in scholarship.

He will highlight why the term 'Industrial Revolution' is here to stay. "It was a revolution and took a hundred years. And 'twas Britain that did it," he said.

Professor Paul Johnson, of LSE's Economics History Department, will be chairing this lecture organised by the Economic History Department and Enterprise LSE.

This free lecture takes place at 6pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych.


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10 May 2000