Re/Contextualizing Early Industrialization

Conflicting Narratives

Developed for Minnesota History Fest 2023, this workshop session aims to generate ideas and strategies for World History teachers to address this benchmark in the new state standards:

Evaluate conflicting narratives about the causes and the regional and global impact of the Industrial Revolution.

MN State Standards for Social Studies, Benchmark

Participants in the session discuss

  • Defining early industrialization
  • Considering the “dominant” narrative
  • Closely reading possibly “non-dominant” narratives

Participants in the session process with

  • Quick writing
  • Written Discussion

Organizing Slides


Priya Satia, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution, 2018.


Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, 2021 (first edition, 2000)


Additional Resources

Locomotion No. 1. Photo by Eric Beckman

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