Industrial revolution

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The Period of 1730-1850 was one of the most influential, if not the most influential period, of human advancement. This time gave us many of the basic things we see all around us today, from our current wealth based system to the use of unions. It gave us the engine, it gave us a global economy. The Industrial Revolution was, and is, incredibly important. In the space of 5 generations, man went from farming for his living to operating mammoth machines. Man went from an unorganized group of warring people to a global economy. The Industrial Revolution truly boosted humanity to its next step into the future. The Industrial Revolution was caused by three major changes in Europe. The “Agrarian Revolution”, the Population boom, and then “Energy Revolution”, the “Agrarian Revolution” providing the raw goods, the Population boom on providing the workers and buyers, and the “Energy Revolution”, providing new technology and energy sources to power the factories. All these things were essential to creating the large, production and manufacturing based Industrial Revolution. The “Agrarian Revolution” was the agriculture boost prior to the industrial revolution, and caused the industrial revolution due to it creating the large amount of excess raw goods, ranging from textiles and food to crops for the livestock to feed upon. This also allowed the huge population boost, since food was more plentiful and less expensive. This was generally caused by better agricultural practices around Europe, ranging from the use of dikes and dams by the Dutch, or the mixing of planting soil in Britain. This caused the huge population boost, allowing for both the workers and the buyers in the newly emerging marketing economy. This population boost was drast... ... middle of paper ... ...ded food to live. The new heightened amount of raw goods being processed allowed England to become a much more export based economy, Exotic goods, brought in from Asia, South America, and Africa, were widely consumed. Grain moved into the country in years of scarcity and out in years of abundance. People, both migrants and tourists, came and went. Capital moved in and out of the country with ease.23 Another boost to the economy of the period was the strange lack of wars. Between 1760 and 1815 only two short periods of peace (excluding the American Revolution) punctuated an otherwise long era of war, blockades, and embargoes, due to England’s colonization of the Americas and having trade ports in various areas.24 This provided more of the actual money in the economy to go to business instead of taxes, allowing unprecedented growth in the private sector.

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