Impact of the Industrial Revolution on History

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Evolution is life, as life is constantly changing. During Histories most important periods the world changes drastically. According to historians, two of these periods have taken place, and one of them was the Industrial Revolution (Miller, 492). Like its name suggests the Industrial Revolution had to do with the evolving Industry. It was a period during the 18th and 19th centuries marked by social and technological change in which manufacturing began to rely (INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, Timeline Index). Power driven machines began to perform what people had done before. Many significant changes in the way goods were produced took place ultimately transforming and modernizing the world. The basic resources for industrialization: land, capital, and labor, were available leading to mechanization and the modern factory system changing industries such as the textile industry. Steam engines were invented, coal replaced wood and charcoal, steel was created from iron, roads and canals were improved along with railroads and the creation of steamboats advancing transportation means. The division of Labor, interchangeable parts, mass production, and the assembly line, among many other factors contributed to the modernization of the industry. Advances in technology, communication, science, and medicine took place altering society and ways of life. People were changed along with culture (Miller, 489-97). However, throughout these ever flexing times, one thing remained nearly consistent-literature. Of course, even the arts were revolutionized. During the Industrial revolution literature, as it usually does, reflected the dramatic, social, and economic developments taking place throughout the world. Artists revealed in their work a sense of the ra... ... middle of paper ... ...rial Revolution. Since the scientific revolution literary fantasies have taken a special form inspired by achievements in science-science fiction. Stories similar to todays science fiction were popular during the 1700’s and 1800’s (Miller, 521). In conclusion, I shall say that the Industrial Revolution impacted Literature greatly. Romanticism and realism, along with its sub-categories, naturalism and regionalism, were all literary movements that brought out of writers many achievements, and from whom many great writers were born. Though these authors opinions on the different issues taking place during the enlightening yet difficult revolution of industrial growth, scientific advancement, and urbanization, differed significantly, they all had one thing in common: each wrote out a part of history and provided some measure of insight of a period we can never enter.
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