Dbq Industrialization In Russia

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As industrialization swept through Japan and Russia from 1850-1914, the world was facing a time of corporate growth caused by the industrial revolution. Environmentally in Europe, the world turned to coal to power machines and factories, polluting cities’ air and water. Economically however, the world shifted from mercantilism to capitalism, characterized by the government's lack of influence in trade policies. In Russia in Japan from 1850 to 1914, industrialization manifested itself similarly in the two countries as the economy prospered and trade increased. However the effects of industrialization such as workers conditions in factories were starkly different as the conditions were more positive in Japan than in Russia where wealthy capitalists…show more content…
However industrialization did not only benefit the economy of Russia. In Japan, for example, industrialization similarly had positive effects on the nation's markets. An account from Count Okuma Shigenobu, the prime minister of Japan in the early 20th century illustrates the positive results of Japan's mechanical revolution. [Document 2] For example, things such as gun powder mass produced by the Department of the Army as well as paper currency, stamps and textiles were a result of factory labor and increased industry in Japan. Lastly, the increase in manufacturing in Japan led to the first railway of Japan, further decreasing the cost of production and transportation and allowing mass produced goods to cost less for the working class. However Count Okuma Shigenobu’s positive statement is not surprising as he advocated to fair treaties with western countries and only makes sense that he would try to flaunt Japan's economic prosperity as a result. During…show more content…
It was only after these trade deals had been abolished that Japan could see economic growth such the prosperity seen in Russia. Both countries saw as a result of increased manufacturing a rise in cheap consumer goods, increasing factory labor, a rise of the middle class and economic prosperity as a result of specialized labor previously uncommon such as lawyers, doctors, teachers and pharmacists. Lastly, industrialization benefited both Japan and Russia as increased trade and free markets resulted in a diverse availability of luxury goods, as well as an increased amount of people attending schools, museums, plays and other forms of entertainment. These led to urbanization as fewer people partook in agriculture and large cities such as Moscow and Tokyo flourished with the economic prosperity of the nations.
Although the rise of industry had similar effects on both Russia and Japan, the Russian administration and corporate owners faced a difficult resistance from factory workers while in Japan, the workforce was relatively pleased with their working conditions. For example, S.I Somov recalls the energy of a labor

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