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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 9 (February 25, 1927)

18th–19th Centuries. Science, Invention, Material Progress, Economic Enlightenment

18th–19th Centuries. Science, Invention, Material Progress, Economic Enlightenment.

Unassailable in its Island,—taking part in the great wars of the 18th century by its fleets and its subsidies chiefly, busy with its undisturbed labours at home,—vigorous in its conquests, its settlements and its trade, which it pushed into the farthest parts of the earth,—creating wealth and protecting it from spoliation and from waste,—the English nation now became the industrial and economic school of the age. It produced the mechanical inventions which first opened a new era in the life of mankind on the material side; it attained to the splendid enlightenment of freedom in trade; it made England the workshop and mart of the world, and it spread her Empire to every Continent, through all the seas.