m05_overview - Module Five The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on European Society The Industrial Revolution was one the transformative events in

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Module Five: The Industrial Revolution and Its Impact on European Society The Industrial Revolution was one the transformative events in world history. Britain was in the forefront because of several advantageous circumstances. An agricultural revolution had increased the quantity of foodstuffs, thus lowering the costs, and a population increase supplied a surplus of labor for the new industrial technologies. Britain was a wealthy nation with capital for investment, and unlike in some continental countries, profit was a legitimate goal. Coal and iron were abundant, and a transportation revolution created a system of canals, roads, bridges, and later, steam- powered railroads. Parliament had established a stable government where property, one of Locke’s natur al rights, was protected. Finally, Britain was the world’s major colonial power with access to overseas markets. The cotton industry led the way because of new technologies such as the spinning jenny and power loom. Most
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  • Spring '08
  • Lisa Clark
  • Industrial Revolution, new industrial technologies, Continental Industrialization, world industrial development, purchase industrial products

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