The transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy took more than a century in the United States, but that long development entered its first phase from the s through the s. The Industrial Revolution had begun in Britain during the midth century, but the American colonies lagged far behind the mother country in part because the abundance of land and scarcity of labor in the New World reduced interest in expensive investments in machine production. Nevertheless, with the shift from hand-made to machine-made products a new era of human experience began where increased productivity created a much higher standard of living than had ever been known in the pre-industrial world. The start of the American Industrial Revolution is often attributed to Samuel Slater who opened the first industrial mill in the United States in with a design that borrowed heavily from a British model.
The Industrial Revolution made our lives easier, but did it make them better? The main features involved in the Industrial Revolution were technological, socioeconomic, and cultural.
The technological changes included the following: These technological changes made possible a tremendously increased use of natural resources and the mass production of manufactured goods.
There were also many new developments in nonindustrial spheres, including the following: Workers acquired new and distinctive skills, and their relation to their tasks shifted; instead of being craftsmen working with hand toolsthey became machine operators, subject to factory discipline.
Finally, there was a psychological change: Aware of their head start, the British forbade the export of machinery, skilled workers, and manufacturing techniques. The British monopoly could not last forever, especially since some Britons saw profitable industrial opportunities abroad, while continental European businessmen sought to lure British know-how to their countries.
Like its British progenitor, the Belgian Industrial Revolution centred in iron, coal, and textiles. France was more slowly and less thoroughly industrialized than either Britain or Belgium.
While Britain was establishing its industrial leadership, France was immersed in its Revolutionand the uncertain political situation discouraged large investments in industrial innovations.
By France had become an industrial power, but, despite great growth under the Second Empireit remained behind Britain. Other European countries lagged far behind. Their bourgeoisie lacked the wealth, power, and opportunities of their British, French, and Belgian counterparts.
Political conditions in the other nations also hindered industrial expansion. Germanyfor example, despite vast resources of coal and iron, did not begin its industrial expansion until after national unity was achieved in The rise of U.
And Japan too joined the Industrial Revolution with striking success. It was not until the five-year plans that the Soviet Union became a major industrial power, telescoping into a few decades the industrialization that had taken a century and a half in Britain. The midth century witnessed the spread of the Industrial Revolution into hitherto nonindustrialized areas such as China and India.
In terms of basic materials, modern industry began to exploit many natural and synthetic resources not hitherto utilized: Combined with these were developments in machinestoolsand computers that gave rise to the automatic factory.
Although some segments of industry were almost completely mechanized in the early to midth century, automatic operation, as distinct from the assembly linefirst achieved major significance in the second half of the 20th century.
Library of Congress, Washington, D. The oligarchical ownership of the means of production that characterized the Industrial Revolution in the early to midth century gave way to a wider distribution of ownership through purchase of common stocks by individuals and by institutions such as insurance companies.
In the first half of the 20th century, many countries of Europe socialized basic sectors of their economies. There was also during that period a change in political theories:Nov 19, · Revolution and the growth of industrial society, – Developments in 19th-century Europe are bounded by two great events.
The French Revolution broke out in , and its effects reverberated throughout much of Europe for many decades. During the Industrial Revolution, Europe experi-enced a shift from a traditional, labor-intensive econ-omy based on farming and handicrafts to a more capital-intensive economy based on manufacturing by machines, specialized labor, and industrial factories.
This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of The Age Of Revolution: Europe by Eric Hobsbawm. The Age of Revolution: Europe by British historian Eric Hobsbawm looks at the effects of the French and Industrial Revolutions. Britain's Industrial Revolution () Summary Although Western Europe had long had the basic trappings of capitalism (private property, wealth accumulation, contracts), the Industrial Revolution fueled the creation of a truly modern capitalist system.
'The Industrial Revolution' refers to a period of massive economic, technological, social and cultural change which affected humans to such an extent that it's often compared to the change from hunter-gathering to farming.
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