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The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution as a historical concept has many shortcomings. A new concept—the “industrious revolution†—is proposed to place the Industrial Revolution in a broader historical setting. The industrious revolution was a process of household-based resource reallocation that increased both the supply of marketed commodities and labor and the demand for market-supplied goods. The industrious revolution was a household-level change with important demand-side features that preceded the Industrial Revolution, a supply-side phenomenon. It has implications for nineteenth- and twentieth-century economic history.

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  • de Vries, Jan, 1994. "The Industrial Revolution and the Industrious Revolution," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 54(2), pages 249-270, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:54:y:1994:i:02:p:249-270_01
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