2014.07.28【英译中】工业革命(The Industrial Revolution)1

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    The Industrial Revolution is a long train of changes starting about 1760. It is not alone: it forms one of a triad of revolutions,of which the other two were the American Revolution that started in 1775, and the French Revolution that stared in 1789. It may seem strange to put into the same packet an industrial revolution and two political revolutions. But the fact is that they were all social revolutions. The Industrial Revolution is simply the English way of making social changes.  I think of it as the English Revolution.

    工业革命是1760年左右开始的一连串的变革。它并不是唯一的,而是三大革命之一。另外两个分别是1775年的美国革命和1789年的法国革命。将工业革命和两个政治革命归到一类似乎很奇怪,但事实上它们都属于社会革命的范畴。工业革命只是英国式的社会革命。我把它看成是英国革命。

    What makes it especially English? Obviously, it began in England. England was already the leading manufacturing nation. But the manufacture was cottage industry, and the Industrial Revolution begins in the villages. The men who make it are craftsmen:the millwright,the watchmaker,the canal builder, the blacksmith. What makes the Industrial Revolution so peculiarly English is that it is rooted in the countryside.

    是什么让工业革命如此有英国特色呢?很明显,它是在英国发生的。英国早已成为主要的制造业国家。但是其制造业是家庭手工业,工业革命就是从农村开始的。进行革命的都是些手工业者:技工、钟表匠、运河开凿工和铁匠。工业革命独具英国特色是因为它扎根于英国乡村。



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