British industrialization

British industrialization - B ri tish industrialization:...

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British industrialization: Social Impact (late 18 th -19thC) Impact of industrialization highly debated First Hand Accounts: those who believed important progress was being made vs. ‘condition of England’ writers, 19thC Writers focused on filth and overcrowding of cities, exploitation of workers, and monotony of factory based work Historians debating the standard of living debate, 20thC Discussed if industrialization improved the life of British lower classes Reached no consensus for pre-1850 Consensus for post 1850: standard of living rose in late 19thC I. Positive Impact Entrepreneurial Opportunity: textile & iron manufacturing became most important industries (Eg. Josiah Wedgewood) Population Growth: Pop doubled from 10-20 million btw 1800- 1850 Declining mortality & increasing fertility (tech advances: agricultural improvements, vaccinations, personal hygiene products) Improved Wages & Consumption: factory work better than
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