The Industrial Revolution was a period from the 18th to the 19th century where major changes in agriculture, manufacturing and technology had a profound effect on the socioeconomic and cultural conditions of the world. The Industrial Revolution began in the United Kingdom as large deposits of coal and iron were found throughout the land which brought the rise of factories and machines, the idea then subsequently spread throughout the world. It was perhaps one of the greatest moments in human history, as it gave rise to industrialization and the switch from manpower to machine power. It completely revolutionized the world and forever changed the course of humanity. However, many scholars and historians believe that the Industrial Revolution’s benefits didn’t outweigh the negative impacts it brought upon the world. I for one believe that the benefits brought upon by the Industrial Revolution justify the negative impacts it had on the world. Without the Industrial Revolution, the world as we know it wouldn’t exist.
The Industrial Revolution brought about immense economic benefits not only for Great Britain but for all the countries in the world who commenced the process of industrialization. It led to a rapid increase in technology, which affected production rates. Since factories were creating goods with machines and little human assistance, everything was being mass produced. Machines made it possible to produce a greater quantity of goods at a faster rate so to satisfy the rules of supply and demand, the prices of goods dropped and many people were able to afford to spend money. Throughout history many have said that imperialism was a bad consequence of the Industrial Revolution, but I believe it happened to boost economic benefits. As proven by Document 8 in a quote by King George II of England, imperialism was necessary for the industrial revolution to keep moving forward. He states that England had to take colonies in order to keep their industries...
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