Historians have described the nineteenth century as a century owned and operated by the bourgeois. They have described their influence as crucial to the development of the industrial revolution and the changing face of government. While this statement may be true, it does not completely encompass all of the classes that had an impact on that time period. Other classes such as the aristocrats, working class, and even the peasantry had significant impacts on the early and middle stages of the industrial revolution. Their monetary contributions as well as their significant impact on the employment of the era makes their impact undeniable. Not only were they crucial in the development of the revolution, it can be argued that the entire process might not have materialized. While there is no doubt that the bourgeois’s place in the nineteenth century was significant, the roles of other classes, especially the working class, has to be considered in order to fully understand the full impact of the industrial revolution.
The aristocrats proved to be a governmental stronghold in the nineteenth century. They held most important government positions and served in many high seats above other classes. The bourgeois looked up to the aristocrats and hoped to, one day, become as powerful, if not more powerful than them. Although the bourgeois was one class lower than the aristocrats, they liked to think of themselves as though they were part of the aristocrats and the elite classes. The aristocrats looked down on the bourgeois as though they were trying to imitate the highest ranking class in the social chain during the nineteenth century. Aristocrats held governmental positions such as kings and house of commons chairs. They were essential in decision making and in culminating their views of what their country’s next move would be in order to ensure a strong government and a strong, effectively run country. The bourgeois was ineffective in trying to become the aristocratic class. They acted as though they were elite, and ended up looking like they were pathetic imitations of the aristocrats and I assume the aristocrats didn’t tolerate this too well. The bourgeois, in my opinion, proved to be poor leaders that had one vision, to be exact replicas of the aristocratic class. The aristocrats also donated their funds in ways that the bourgeois class could not. The aristocrats basically funded the entire industrial revolution.