The Change In Modern History Have Been Influenced By Many

1316 WordsApr 22, 20176 Pages
The change in modern history have been influenced by many factors. Many which have to do with progress, enlightenment, and new inventions. Three key factors that have changed us into a modern society are steam engines , mass production and corporations. The invention of the steam engine,specifically in transportation, has helped this change by helping with speed and efficiency in transportation and businesses and influencing social lives. Another one of the factors of change is Mass production, whether it was positive or negative, has had a huge effect on the transformation to the modern age. It has helped evolve the modern world through economic and social changes such as the dehumanization of workers, the reversed idea of individualism…show more content…
The mass production of things affected the skills of the workers because they were no longer doing multiple things in factories. The workers specialized in one part of the process because of the use of assembly lines. Therefore, they didn 't have the skills that they would 've had if each person did everything or more than one things. Therefore, they got paid less as a result. The 19th century assembly line also kept the workers working at a fast pace. One worker set the pace for the rest so if one worker slowed down, the entire production was slowed down. This idea was expressed in the movie Metropolis. Also, although it was not a very “enlightened” concept, the workers were not seen as individuals, they were more of estranged workers and not really important to the factory. They were payed so little and could easily be replaced. Another example where there is no individualism is The Tiller Girls (formed in 1889 by John Tiller). They worked as a group and no individual woman had any special importance to the line, just as the workers in a factory. The Tiller Girls were seen as a mass ornament, which doesn 't celebrate individualism. The economic changes made has to do with the the changes made to assembly lines and factories. Workers got paid less since they were not skilled, and since it was at a faster pace there was more production. The faster pace kept everyone in check. Therefore, profit
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