Industrialization Of The Industrial Revolution

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The Industrial Revolution was a revolution in every sense of the word, as it altered almost every aspect of live in the nineteenth century including technology, government, communication, environment and eventually society as a whole.1 Although industrialisation created many positives for modern society, for people in Britain up to the end of the nineteenth century it had many significantly negative consequences. With the long term advances made for society came the then current development of overcrowding cities abundant with pollution, health problems and poor living conditions for the working class. These poor conditions continued into the work place with young children exploited as workers as young as the age of four or five.2 There were consequences of the Industrial Revolution for people outside of the core of Britain. India, being the periphery in the model were exploited for their raw materials which were exported to Britain.

Through research the primary interpretation of the industrialisation has been positive, with some light now being put upon some of the negative aspects of the industrial revolution, through sources which were obtained in those times. The “British Child Labour Inquiry” (as cited in Stearns, Gosch, Grieshaber and Belzer, 2012, pp. 121-122) acts as one of these primary sources. It was an inquiry conducted on Abraham Whitehead on the conditions for British children who were forced to work in wool mills. This interview with Whitehead, a clothier
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