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  • Industrial Revolution

    Posted by Rajat on June 11, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    What was the Industrial Revolution and how did it change society?

    brajesh replied 1 week, 6 days ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • brajesh

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    The Industrial Revolution was a period of profound social, economic, and technological change that swept across Europe and North America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It was characterized by:

    1. The rise of factories and mechanized production: New technologies like the steam engine, textile machinery, and iron production enabled mass manufacturing in centralized factories rather than small workshops. This led to increased productivity and efficiency.

    2. Urbanization and population growth: The creation of factory jobs led to a massive migration of people from rural areas to cities, causing urban populations to swell. This led to overcrowding, sanitation issues, and the growth of slums.

    3. Changes in social classes: The Industrial Revolution created a new class of factory owners and industrialists who became very wealthy, while traditional craftspeople and agricultural workers saw their livelihoods disrupted. This led to the rise of the urban working class.

    4. Technological innovations: Groundbreaking inventions like the steam engine, railroads, telegraph, and factory machinery transformed transportation, communication, and production methods. This accelerated the pace of economic and social change.

    5. Environmental impact: The increased use of coal and other fossil fuels to power factories and transportation networks had major environmental consequences, leading to air and water pollution.

    Overall, the Industrial Revolution marked a critical transition from an agrarian, handicraft economy to a modern, industrialized one. This transformation rewrote the social, economic, and political landscape, laying the foundations for the modern world. It brought both immense benefits in productivity and living standards, as well as significant social disruption and challenges that societies are still grappling with today.

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