The Industrial Revolution
Adreesh Roy, 4th
What factors enabled Britain to gain the early lead in the industrial revolution?
One reason Britain had a lead in the Industrial Revolution was because they controlled not only the seas, but the trade that was occurring within them. From such a trade network, they also improved transportation networks and made the transportation of goods easier. It didn’t stop there; transportation was further improved by networks of roads and canals. They also had their own resources, coal and iron, that their industry depended on for power. Great Britain was also already a world power and they were isolated from others. This means that there were not many wars happening at the time to distract them from focusing on developing their industry.
Summarize how inventions in the cotton industry illustrate the development of the Industrial Revolution.
Before the Industrial Revolution, the cotton industry was filled with big plantations along with small farms laboring for long work-days to harvest a good amount of the crop. This all changed though when new inventions were introduced to the market. There was a huge increase in productivity that transformed the cotton industry. Eli Whitney's cotton gin was the first tool to separate cotton fibers from their seeds and was also improved upon as it became more popular. As a result of this invention, cotton production doubled, along with the demand for it. The plantation owners lived in luxury, and with so much going on at the plantations, they also owned slaves.
Population: How did population pressures have an impact on disease, mortality rates, migration, and living standards?
Capitalism: Please explain the mechanisms that drive capitalism.
Spread of Industrialization: Please explain the global effects of Industrialzation especially in Japan and Russia. How did government officials in both countries promote Industrialization?
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