The United States And The Industrial Revolution

1443 WordsDec 1, 20156 Pages
In the past 100 years, the world has shifted enormously. Once, a world that only communicated when one nation was trying to take control of another, is now connected more than ever. This transformation began with the Industrial Revolution in a period from around 1760 to 1840. Thinking back to that time, we can easily think of noticeable differences between how the world was and how it is today. The United States was a small, developing country, still trying to overcome the effects of a costly revolution. Across the ocean, once the United States’ major rival, Great Britain, was still the greatest power in the world. And around the world, China and Japan were nowhere near the economic leaders they are today. However, the biggest changes weren’t the countries with the greatest power and size. With advances in technology in the Industrial Revolution, the world began to revolutionize. The technologies that the world has come to familiarize ourselves with today, such as the smartphone, weren’t even blueprints yet. However, a few of the technological advances that developed from that era helped mold the world into what it is like today. Brink Lindsey states in the article, “The Decline and Fall of the First Global Economy” that, “The Industrial Revolution’s burst of technological creativity, thus demolished the natural barriers to trade posed by geography and created entirely new possibilities for beneficial international exchange.” For example, countries in the North Atlantic
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