Industrial Revolution: Transitioning the Earth

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Industrial Revolution: Transitioning the Earth

Harrison Boyd, Writer

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Beginning in Great Britain, the industrial revolution innovated and advanced technology. This boosted manufacturing processes, transitioning the common hand production methods to machinery manufacturing. New inventions increased using steam power, water power, and machine tools, sparking an remarkable rise of the mechanized factory system.

The Industrial Revolution marked a vast historical turning point. Experts stated that the revolution produced an increase in the general population because wealth increased. Incomes and the economy climbed at an unprecedented rate.

Although the United Kingdom already existed as complete in the 1700´s, there still stood a large structural change from agriculture to industry, widely accredited to the Industrial Revolution.

The term, ¨Industrial Revolution¨ grew in popularity after an English economic historian, Arnold Toynbee used the term to describe Britain’s economic development from the year, 1760 to 1840. Britain took notice of their economic head start, deciding initially to forbade the export of machinery, skilled workers, and manufacturing techniques, preserving all benefits for themselves.

Britain realized that their tactic of confining the revolution´s results soon would diminish the whole industrialization plan. British industry developed an awareness of the profitable opportunities that existed with the extension of the Industrial Revolution abroad to other countries. From this, other countries experienced the transformations of industrialization as Britain had.

Although this renowned historical event added wealth and opportunity to numerous countries, some places still lacked the financial means and wealth to seek the true advancements that industrialization offered. Focusing solely on machinery, coal, iron, and textiles, some countries faltered in realizing the importance of these advancements and materials.

Unlike some countries that expanded slowly, Germany soon grew exponentially out-producing the founder Britain. It soon existed as the world leader in steel and chemical manufacturing industries during the 1800s. The industrial Revolution brought material success for many countries, bringing wealth and advancements in technology and resources.

The Industrial Revolution–not an accident, but a step in humanity’s march forward.

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