2011-10-24 -- A New Age of Technology -- The Industrial Revolution

2011-10-24 -- A New Age of Technology -- The Industrial Revolution

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A New Age of Technology: The Industrial Revolution in England History 108 October 24, 2011
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Your World Is Born Our society is industrial (or post-industrial) You’re trained to live in it You probably can’t live outside it Industrial Revolutions England 1760-1820 France, USA, Germany, Russia come later There’s no going back
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God is An Englishman” Why England? Medieval order weakened, 1500-1760s Space for and rewards for sharing new ideas Patents Enlightenment-era application of theory to craft England’s Industrial Empire Society re-arranged as it industrializes 1815-1914, Britain is world’s greatest power
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Textile Mills New mode of production Central Power Source Waterwheel Whole mill is either on or off Can’t stop just part of it Most efficient mill yields highest profit
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Time = Money “Profit is made in the last half-hour of the day.” Long workdays of continuous labor Regular attendance Punctuality and sobriety Attentiveness to task No rebellions Worker is paid for time Proletariat “Alienation from means of production”
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Mill Clocks Clockwork driven by waterwheel Number of revolutions determines length of workday The clock stops if the machine halts That time is made up later
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2011-10-24 -- A New Age of Technology -- The Industrial Revolution

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