The next few episodes are going to focus on coal use in 18th century Britain. In that century British people learned how to use coal not only to heat their homes, but to make things like iron and cotton fabric and beer. Historians know this as the Industrial Revolution. This productive explosion opened up a Pandora's Box of cheap goods and massive carbon emissions that we have to deal with today. In this episode we'll be looking at what 18th century Britain was like. And we'll be going into the mines themselves to understand how coal stayed cheap, despite its huge popularity. It's a story of pumps, canals, wagonways, and carts.
So there's a Canal Mania game.
Overviews of 18th Century British History
E.A. Wrigley, Energy and the English Industrial Revolution