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6.1 Context of Industrialization



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Sharii Liang

sharii liang

May 12, 2020

The one thing you need to know about this unit:

Industrialization fueled the desire for change. 

Industrialization promoted… industry, changed everyday life, and exacerbated already existing problems which caused a conservative government to reform.

Before the First Industrial Revolution, the majority of people made their living off of farming land or the putting-out/cottage system. They grew enough for their families and whatever was left would be sold. The Agricultural Revolution changed this by amplifying food production which exponentially increased the population of Europe and their health.

However, at the same time, the Napoleonic Wars were raging. These wars threatened the political stability of the time and would transform European governments into conservative powerhouses that despised any sort of change or reform.

What could be done with a large, booming population that was in good health and ready for work? How would that population be affected by the political, social, and economic conditions of the time? Would their governments listen to their concerns and make things right?


Main Events

1815: Napoleon is defeated at Waterloo and exiled to St. Helena

1815: Congress of Vienna establishes conservatism and the Concert of Europe

1833: Factory Act is the beginning of workers’ rights laws to be passed

1845-1850: The Hungry 40s and the Irish Potato Famine

1848: Napoleon’s ideas inspire revolutions across Europe AKA Revolutions of 1848

1851: The Great Exhibition is hosted in the Crystal Palace in England

1870: Second Industrial Revolution begins

1905: The Russian Revolution begins

1914: Mechanization and the factory system become the main production systems

1914: WWI begins

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