The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution
Robert Bachman
His 104: World Civilizations II
Matt Laubacher
July 29, 2010

      In the late 18th century Europe a revolution occurred that’s power was so immense, and strong, it would change the course of World history forever. This wasn’t a violent, or political one either, it was one that changed profoundly the way goods were created and sold in Europe. This was the Industrial Revolution, and it marked a time in history when major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, social and economic changes. These changes began rapidly in Europe, and spread virally throughout the World. Such changes like the cotton gin, changed the face of slavery, or the use of metal in farming equipment, and many other changes all made possible the more readily available good and services at everyone’s fingers. This change didn’t create the best living conditions, at least not right away, and the demand for labor was so great not even children were spared in producing goods. It is proven that the Industrial Revolution changed the face of World Civilization as a whole, but with many great advances, but also great consequences. The Industrial Revolution had profound changes in the World abroad in manufacture, mining, agriculture, and the socioeconomic conditions of the World.
      The smaller, slower production of goods was changed almost overnight with the introduction of the Industrial Revolution. Up until the Industrial Revolution, great economies of the World relied heavily on guilds to produce skilled products, and large labor groups which main goal was the output of agriculture.   Production of goods in manufacturing and agriculture was local manual labor, and larger village groups came together for harvesting and building of streets. Slavery was used for the mass production of commercial goods like sugar and tobacco. But during this era very little ingenuity created new inventions, or new ways of doing business. Basic elements for doing agriculture...