Social And Economic Impacts Of Industrial Revolution

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Social and Economic Impacts of Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution began in the 1760’s. Britain became the first country to see its effects. Britain was the best for the revolution because of their high religious tolerance, the Scientific Revolution was underway, and Britain’s government encouraged inner growth by making foreign goods more expensive. During this time period, Britain’s population grew, wealth increased, and the citizens became interested in the fate of Britain. Writings began accumulating on what the people thought the benefits or consequences of the Industrial Revolution would be. While most argued that it would be harmful to society as a whole during the era, there was a minority who saw the immediate advantages of the Industrial Revolution. While the benefits may not have showed at the time period, the Industrial Revolution brought society the advancements that made it what it is today. Beginning with the minority’s perspective that the Industrial Revolution was changing society for the better. “The Philosophy of Manufacture” by Andrew Ure aimed to show the improvements that the Industrial Revolution brought about. Ure restated throughout the excerpt of the book that, “The principle of the factory system then is, to substitute mechanical science for hand skill.”1 Ure wanted to get rid of workers hand crafting goods and put them to better use of overseeing machines that could do the work quicker and for cheaper. Skilled workers would take
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