The UK Bible Students
Before The Industrial Age
Peter Laslett, The World We Have Lost: England Before the Industrial
Age (Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1965),
experience since the death of Victoria is the only lengthy experience any
country has ever had of really mature industralization. . . .
In so far as the industralizing process is to be described above all as a change in the scale of
living . . . only in England does it seem to have been virtually complete by
What has happened since then has been a matter of the levelling up of
standards, the lengthening of life, the diminution of poverty, the universalization
of education. . . .
difficult for us now to realize what in meant in 1901 for England to have to
recognize that after a century of leading the world in economic matters, when
she was still undoubtedly the world’s greatest political and military power,
still in many ways the world’s wealthiest power, a quarter of her population was
living in poverty, in something like destitution.’