Start date: Jul 1, 2014,
End date: Jun 30, 2016
Rethinking Textiles is a two-year collaboration between Dr Barbara Hahn of Texas Tech University and Prof Regina Lee Blaszczyk at the University of Leeds to launch an effort to recontextualize the history of the British Industrial Revolution. The British mechanization of textile production is a crucial case for understanding the relationship between technological change and economic growth, but with few exceptions, the topic has long been dominated by economic historians concerned to explain change at the macroeconomic level. Rethinking Textiles is an example of micro-history, enriching the story of the Industrial Revolution with greater specificity about particular people, technologies, and products. It places the Industrial Revolution in an exciting new context, drawing on the history of technology, the history of consumption, and the history of design to develop a new narrative history of British industrialization as a global phenomenon shaped by cultural, social, and material variables with remarkable parallels to the Digital Age.
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