The Ascent of Man

Episode 08 - The Drive for Power. This episode looks at the industrial and political revolutions of the 18th century, which were as significant as the Renaissance in man's progress. Jacob Bronowski concentrates more on the revolutions as an agent of social change. In particular, the Industrial Revolution in England which improved the standard of living for many. The steam engine led to the development of the railway and helped make England the mercantile capital of the world in the following century.

Episode 08 - The Drive for Power

Related Links
Industrial Revolution - wikipedia
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
Andrew Marr's History of the World - Age of Industry
In this episode, Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.
Why did Industrial Revolution Happen in Britain?
Professor Jeremy Black examines one of the most extraordinary periods in British history: the Industrial Revolution.

Go to The Ascent of Man Home or watch other episodes:

Episode 01 - Lower Than the Angels
Episode 02 - The Harvest of the Seasons
Episode 03 - The Grain in the Stone
Episode 04 - The Hidden Structure
Episode 05 - Music of the Spheres
Episode 06 - The Starry Messenger
Episode 07 - The Majestic Clockwork
Episode 08 - The Drive for Power
Episode 09 - The Ladder of Creation
Episode 10 - World within World
Episode 11 - Knowledge or Certainty
Episode 12 - Generation upon Generation
Episode 13 - The Long Childhood