The Industrial Revolution in the Great Britain of the 1800's

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Great Britain had the perfect conditions to spearhead the first true revolution that had an effect in all aspects of life since the invention of fire. It possessed necessary prerequisites, such as formidable population size, bountiful coal and iron deposits, and the demand of such a revolution, to gain a head start over the rest of the world. The confluence of such factors culminated in a perfect storm, a storm that destined humanity to become more than an average species. The Industrial Revolution in the Great Britain in the 1800s was not just a revolution in industry. The Industrial Revolution was a total revolution that opened the doorway for humanity to enter the first global age and built the stairway for humanity to eventually…show more content…
The long term outcomes of the Industrial Revolution affected not just the workers, but people of all demographics also. The clustering of factories in cities, such as London and Manchester, led to hyper-urbanization of cities in Britain (Cleary). Urbanization continued unabated as London increased its population size by 3 million people in a span of 40 years, and Manchester exploded to have a population of 180000 in 1831 after its Population was just 22000 in 1771 (Hobsawm 159). Crowded streets, inadequate housing, and pollution characterized what the norm was for cities and the citizens of the cities (Hobsawm 44). Hyper-urbanization led to poor sanitation and decreased life expectancy during the 19th century as diseases, such as consumption, typhus, and cholera, deprived the poor workers of their health (Cleary). More than 60000 lives were claimed by consumption alone in each decade of 19th century, and with the poor wages that workers received and the conditions that they worked and lived under did not alleviate the spread of diseases and deaths at all (Cleary). As a result, average lifespan of workers did not go past 40s, with the low end of the averages in cities being 26 in Liverpool (Haley). However, the poor sanitary conditions, and the Industrial Revolution brought the worker’s rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights into the light. Members of the parliament from 1830s started to
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