Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
The World in the 1780s Abstract
* According to Hobsbawm, the population of Europe was mostly agrarian, and not very free in 1780; capitalism was only beginning to take hold in Britain.
The Industrial Revolution Abstract
* Politically, most countries were ruled by monarchs, but revolutions were about to begin.
The French Revolution Abstract
* The Industrial Revolution happened because...
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