Toby wrote:I don't doubt that a significant number of people died in the industrialisation of the western world.
I suppose it depends how you define significant; Stalinists and Tories probably have a bit in common there.
The process has been brutal worldwide, Russia's looks worse than most but the argument is we are talking timescale, same with China's Great Leap Forward, god knows how many millions died in that.
We killed our millions at a more sedate rate so it looks less horrific.
It is a plausible defendable case, but I haven't the time to research it properly, but I thought I would drop it in as it is thought provoking
But the idea that Britain's industrialization wasn't equally state driven is a little naïve, it wasn't a natural process that just happened.
They just didn't have a blueprint like the Russians did to allow them to accomplish it in a generation