Goldstone Puts Industrial Revolution in Context

Posted: November 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Jack Goldstone, the new Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor and Eminent Scholar in the School of Public Policy, and Mercatus Center Fellow, presents the third Topics in Global Affairs brown bag lecture today from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Student Union II, VIP2.

Goldstone, a sociologist whose specialty is explaining long-term social change–particularly population change in revolutions from the 17th to 20th centuries–is speaking on his forthcoming book, The Happy Chance: The Rise of the West in Global Context, 1500-1850.

In the book, he argues that it was the chance conjunction of cultural, political, and technological trends in 17th and 18th century Britain, rather than any broad European uniqueness or advantages relative to other civilizations, that led to the Industrial Revolution.

The Global Affairs Program sponsors the monthly brown bag lectures as an opportunity for faculty to present their research on any global, international, or regional topic. The university community is invited to attend.

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