How Far Was the Period 1750 to 1900 an Age of Progress?

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From 1750 to 1900 there were some big changes which had an impact on every day life. Progress is defined as continuous improvement over a certain period of time. A revolution can be known as a big change. So a revolution, and then everything being at a standstill isn 't progress. Furthermore you cannot improve over a period of time and have big hindrances in between; if any, hindrances can only be very minor. So the big question is how much consistent improvement was there from 1750 to 1900? In 1700 there was an exponential growth in the population, food was scarce and more needed to be produced therefore agricultural needed change. The idea of ‘Enclosures ' was introduced which meant combining the little strips of land owned by…show more content…
Mill owners would clothe, feed and house their employees which was a very big bonus for them. Overlookers hired also made sure that the hardest working people received more money than one who was lazy. Sometimes it was understandably very unfair as children and women were being beaten by onlookers for no apparent reason, sometimes so badly that they ended up crippled. Also onlookers were doing their jobs poorly as many children got injured using the machinery because of poor supervision and instructions on how to use the machinery. Furthermore working hours were unreasonable as children were forced to work 13 hours with a half an hour break. The issues were addressed by a Parliament, by more specifically The Royal Commissions to improve working conditions. Working hours were made more flexible, longer breaks, less working time and children were forced (in a good way) to live a reasonable life, benefits such as education, supervision and healthcare were introduced. Even though there were some setbacks, but in the end most of the problems were solved. Overall it progressed nicely as it went from bad to better. There was one notable case of deliberate regression around 1810 which was caused by people known as the Luddites and the Swing Rioters. The Luddites were industrial workers who destroyed machinery as it was threatening their jobs. The machinery took away the skills
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