The Industrial Revolution as a Positive Change

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Kathryn Harris Introduction to European Civilization (History 1026) September 27, 2007 The Industrial Revolution as a Positive Change The Industrial Revolution began in the 18 th century in Europe, primarily in England. Lasting well into the following decade, the Industrial Revolution greatly changed Europe and the rest of the world. The different aspects of the Industrial Revolution are innumerable, some positive and some negative, yet the overall impact on Europe as a whole should be viewed as a positive alteration. The Industrial Revolution changed the way of life for Europeans and drastically changed cities, populations, agriculture, and perspectives. In addition, the economy saw many new issues and the balance of power between the aristocracy and the general public shifted, creating a middle working class. Though extreme urbanization created many problems such as poor factory working conditions, pollution, over-crowded cities, the Industrial Revolution positively changed Europe and shaped it into the technologically advanced
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Unformatted text preview: continent it is today. The Industrial Revolution created a new rung on the social ladder, that of a working class. The need for workers in factories created jobs for many Europeans and the working class became a tight-knit community that had a “sense of solidarity.” 1 The Industrial Revolution lived up to its name as truly a revolution in which all aspects of life were changed, yet it was only because of certain circumstances that Europe was so receptive to these changes. Commerce and trade were boosted because of the Industrial revolution and workers realized “their potential power.” 2 Overall the Industrial Revolution was a positive era in the life of Europe and its inhabitants. 1 Thomas F.X. Noble, et al, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999), 511. 2 Thomas F.X. Noble, et al, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999), 515....
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