Urbanisation in the Industrial Revolution

Britain was the first country to undergo the dual transition from country life and rural crafts to urban concentration and factory production during what has come to be called the Industrial Revolution. Only an eighth of the country’s population lived in towns of five thousand or more in the early eighteenth century; by 1801, a quarter, and a hundred years later, three quarters. It was as if the entire nineteenth century increase in the nation’s population ended up in towns.

Source Summary of the speed of urbanisation in the nineteenth century
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