Discussion group Matters Arising Tuesday 13 Sept 11:00

The next meeting of the group will be on

13th September at 11:00

at our new location, kindly provided by the Ayuntamiento Teulada-Moraira – address and map below.

Make time in your schedule for this event!

We will discuss the subject:

The first Industrial Revolution: why did it happen in Britain and not in Spain? (Or in any other country?)

To get us thinking, here is a short quote:

Between 1750 and 1914 Europe experienced three major waves of industrialisation. One peaked between the 1780s and 1820s; a second crest appeared in the decades between 1840 and 1870; and a third rolled through in the last two decades before the First World War. Each was associated with a particular region and with a particular type of technology.

The process began in Britain, the world’s first industrial economy… and was centred upon relatively simple and cheap innovations in two leading sectors, cotton textiles and iron-making.* 

We will try to focus the discussion on the first Industrial Revolution, the context in Britain and Spain and, if possible, why it happened in one country and not the other.

The subject is topical, as we are told by countless news stories at the moment that we are at the beginning of the fourth Industrial Revolution, led by the ascent of artificial intelligence and robotics, so it will be interesting looking at the historical and social context of the first Industrial Revolution.

I hope that you have enjoyed your summer and managed to avoid being hit by the horrendous forest fires of the last few days.

*By Clive Trebilock, Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe Ed. T.C.W. Blanning, 1998


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The group meets in the Aula Asociaciones, kindly provided by the Teulada-Moraira ayuntamiento. It’s on the main street of Moraira, calle Calatayud no. 45, on the right looking towards the sea, first floor (there is a lift) – next to a shop of ladies’ underwear and swimming suits.


Contact the group leader: matters.arising@u3amoraira-teulada.org



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