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Unformatted text preview: not absorb the population increase that the agricultural revolution caused. There became a simultaneous increase in demand for land based resources, and arable land, forcing the British to acknowledge that they could not be so dependent upon the land. These land shortages are the reason for the industrial revolution. The consumption of wood, wool and adequate transportation threatened the food supply. The nation chose food to be the most important resource, and a shortage for these other resources became apparent. Feeding the growing population required more arable land, so deforestation spread throughout Great Britain. In a response to this deforestation, coal began to be used as a substitute. As the demand for coal increase a new technical problem was posed by the deepening of the mining shafts. The result of this problem was the great invention of the steam engine. The use of the steam engine was later reinforced by the production of wool. The production of wool required much arable land, so when land shortag...
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course HIST 1015 taught by Professor Mann,ralph during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.
- Spring '07