The Industrial Revolution: The Age Of The Industrial Revolution

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The shift between a rural to an urban society or from an agrarian to an industrial society can be significantly marked with the age of the Industrial Revolution. Taking place between 1760-1860, this revolution was a time which gave rise to the power of machinery, factories and mass production, which would lead to the development of numerous inventions which would change their respective industries for the better. However, it is important to note how this significant shift from an agrarian to an urban society essentially had its roots in Great Britain, and exactly what inventions were prominent in leading Britain and the rest of the world to commercial industrialization. When it comes to understanding how the Industrial Revolution came about…show more content…
This was because Britain’s monarchy and parliament was a lot stronger and stable compared to other nations; its government policies also not only “encouraged innovation” and the “spread of global trade,” but it also created patent laws so that “inventors” could “benefit financially from their inventions” (“The Industrial Revolution” para. 3). Additionally, the fact that it being an island nation often aided it in avoiding any of wars or conflict with other nations due to its isolation, which gave Britain peace and stability as well as time to set the cogs of the Industrial Revolution in motion. Other factors include the fact that the Enlightenment period and Scientific Revolution inspired many scholars and craftspeople to apply new methods of scientific thinking to numerous mechanical and technological challenges in Great Britain, and also the fact that financial innovations such as stock markets and central banks essentially inspired people to “take risks with investments, trade, and new technologies” (Cleary 23). Historians today continue to debate what the real cause of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain was, but as of now it can be safe to assume that all of these factors and possibly more worked together to ignite this revolution’s…show more content…
The steam engine, essentially, came to be the “energy” that later powered the most “advanced textile inventions” like the spinning mule and the power loom (Cleary 33). Additionally, it “revolutionized” transportation for the rest of Britain when it was “applied” to later inventions such as the steam locomotive invented by British engineer Richard Trevithick and the steamship invented by American Robert Fulton in the early 1800s (Cleary 33). All of these new inventions came to harness the steam engine in one way or another and were able to become more efficient and a lot more powerful, which would inevitably change the way technology, machinery and mass production would work in the years to
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