An advanced survey course that examines the foundations of modern British economic and social relations in the period from c1714-c1815, the period of the 'First Industrial Revolution'. This module focuses upon the nature and impact of industrialisation and the responses to economic and social transformation. The module will introduce the student to the key features and significance of industrialisation in Britain from the early eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries and to its impact upon social relations. The systematic use of primary historical sources within seminars will aid the development of skills in using such sources and assist students in successfully tackling historical problems at the level appropriate for dissertation preparation. The Open Paper will focus on major aspects of the course, which will be explored in detail.