Industrialization In Great Britain's First Industrial Revolution

1017 Words5 Pages
Great Britain was the first country to experience industrialization, due to its abundant natural resources such as coal and iron, immense expansion throughout the world and subsequent economic growth from trade, and its governmental and financial strength. The industrial revolution was rapid and maintained strength in Great Britain, whereas other Western countries experienced industrialization gradually and with difficulty, due to political, social, and economic instability. A major factor in Great Britain’s early industrialization was its natural resources. The abundance of coal and iron is an example of these resource. A myriad of different aspects of industrialization could use these two elements, and the amount of each led innovators…show more content…
The Scientific Revolution emphasized research and experimentation in order to learn about the world and the universe, and the enlightenment grew from this and further emphasized freedom and an increase in knowledge. This increased appreciation for education, research, and learning created an incentive to learn and increase one’s knowledge, which all together helped to create a larger society of intellectual and scientifically inclined citizens. Great Britain, as a nation, encouraged knowledge and innovation. For example, the British Royal Society of Arts offered prizes for inventions and ideas regarding mechanics and agriculture. As there existed both a people’s movement and a national push towards intelligence, Great Britain’s citizens became innovators and entrepreneurs, leading to the invention of the spinning-jenny which sped up cotton production, and the steam engine which produced near unlimited power for both manufacturing and transportation. These inventions led to further inventions and increasingly innovative ways to utilize the inventions. These resources, both natural and intellectual, are a few of the factors in allowing Great Britain to become the first industrialized…show more content…
Its natural resources of coal, water, and an abundance of food, in accordance with the large amount of intellectual citizens helped establish an industrialization ready environment. Its imperialism and subsequent economic growth further helped to catapult Great Britain into industrialization, as there were great incentives to innovate and move away from agriculture. Other Western nations experienced the Industrial Revolution in a later, slower, and difficult fashion. Many nations were stricken by political and social upheaval, however, they could follow the steps Great Britain had already gone through rather than creating their own
Open Document