The concept of the Industrial Revolution is widely seen to have been recognised and then solidified, in Britain, in the years after 1884 and the publication of Arnold Toynbee's “Lectures on the Industrial Revolution”. Although undeniably a linguistic watershed, it is unclear what impact Toynbee's work had in shaping the existing conceptions of industrialization into those which followed and persisted into the twentieth century.
This symposium aims to ask questions of the way industrialization was conceived both before and after Toynbee's "Lectures" in 1884. By way of a keynote talk - delivered by Professor Donald Winch (Sussex) - and three panels of short papers, the symposium will address the evolving idea of industrialism in the course of the long nineteenth century.
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