Social And Social Impacts Of Industrialization And The Industrial Revolution

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Industrialization is the process in which a society transforms itself from an agricultural society, farming, to a society based on manufacturing goods and services, using machinery. The Industrial Revolution acquired a colossal impact on societies, making forceful changes in the lives of individuals, and changing the social classes drastically, but not all classes benefited equally. Those who were lucky enough to be business owners or had the opportunity to obtain a better profession, were able to enjoy leisure time and comfort in many ways. Those who were uneducated and were limited to unskilled labor work, remained at the bottom of the economic ladder. Furthermore, the two classes that benefited from the Industrial Revolution were the “upper” and “middle” class, leaving the “lower” class to be the only one who suffers. In other words, the rich got richer, the middle class grew, and the poor remained poor. The deeper the Industrial Revolution grew, the more powerful the “upper” and “middle” class became. To remain at the top of the social ladder, the upper class had to continue being the wealthiest and most powerful. The early modern European society consisted of two social classes: the …show more content…

It created a “survival of the fittest” situation among the society, a competition for jobs and resources. The upper class were the people that earned the highest amount of money, held a steady job, and provided for their families. Because the upper class was the most lucrative, they were socially the fittest, giving them lots of power to remain above everyone else. According to Herbert Spencer, the upper class was against Darwinism because now there was a threat of the lower classes moving up into the upper class. Even though the upper class did not believe in Darwinism, they were prodigious believers in nationalism, pride in one’s country. Following the wars, there was a large attempt to unify all the

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