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World History Connected (USA), 15.10.2005

Review by Elizabeth A. Ten Dyke, Kingston High School

Advances in the use of water and steam power, the machine production of textiles, the development of coal mining and iron production, the growth of railroads and the suffering of children: these are the themes covered in "The Industrial Revolution," a German/English bilingual documentary DVD-video from Anne Roerkohl. While narrative voices relate a chronology of the industrial revolution, the DVD presents a visually appealing journey across the English countryside to key factories and other sites, many of which are museums today. These virtual museum visits are supplemented by on-site interviews with curators. The video would be suitable for secondary students and lower-level undergraduates who study the innovations, processes and consequences of the industrial revolution.