preview

The Technological Impacts Of The Industrial Revolution In Great Britain

Decent Essays
Starting in 18th century Great Britain the Industrial Revolution sparked a change in industry that is still present today. The Industrial Revolution was a great blessing to society, with innovations in consumer goods, medicine, and sanitation; the revolution changed the course of history for the better.

The Industrial revolution was a period in which Great Britain became rapidly less rural and became more urban and mechanized. “The technological changes included the following: the use of new basic materials, chiefly iron and steel, the use of new energy sources, including both fuels and motive power, such as coal, the steam engine, electricity, petroleum, and the internal-combustion engine” (Britannica, 2017). The Revolution spurred ¨Inventions such as the steam engine and spinning jenny, which allowed textiles and other products to be produced quickly in factories. These industries in turn spurred improvements in roads, transportation, and banking” (Gale, 2017). The economy also saw exponential growth. However, employees of the factories rarely shared in its prosperity. ¨Common laborers during the Industrial Revolution remained poor. They worked twelve-hour days, for low wages, in factories that were hot, dirty, and overseen by oppressive factory owners who sometimes treated workers like prisoners (Gale, 2017). With the constant amount of migrants coming from the countryside to the urban cities, there was never enough work for everyone. The result was widespread poverty,
Get Access