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Its mad when you think about it isnt' it?
set aside 5 minutes everyday to spazz out to the sheer notion of it.
Britain the first country to industrialise?
where would we be?
the british empire in 1807, it didn't really have much of an impact. if any.
the ocean and international trade as a result.
lots of colonies to sell goods to / extract raw materials from.
napoleonic / revolutionary wars changing the way britain operated.
lots of reasons.
its abundance of raw materials, inland waterways, etc!
is up there with the romance of the telescope - all hail James Brindley!!!
lots of coal in the midlands. also, we were the first country to experiment with railways and, as you say, canals, which allowed vast quantities of goods to be moved quickly and easily.
and, let's not forget, england was very densely populated with proles who wanted jobs.
I keep using that word for some reason.
See what it did to Crop Rotation - and as for the repeal of the Corn Laws...
Kids today don't know they're Quorn.
were nearly a century after the start of the Ind. Rev.
Factors include: Coal, The fact that Britain had passed the Agricultural Revolution earlier than most countries, The large population, and just the fact that British people happened to invent many key machines etc
20 years of near constant warefare and the need to produce large amounts of munitions, uniforms, supplies etc spurred the process on considerably.
but it was well underway by the time they happened....
so not a reason for it starting in Britain.
an exam on this tomorrow.
i could tell you the various sides of the debate. but i am trying to avoid revision.
big during the mid 18th Century....
see this is why Popworld had to die - no room in the agrarian calendar for ANOTHER magazine full of vegetables.
DONTCHA JUST LOVE IT????
1) good Coal and Iron seams near the surface in close proximatey
2) protestantism established a more pragmatic, less sentimental approach to newness
(to give an idea...its to do with mindsets.......britain allowed trawling (i.e scooping up everything, even that you werent after, didnt need, at the time catholic europe was more reluctant to do this, (fuzzy warm catholic goddyness for a change)
Of course the trading possibilities were also huge, and britains resources of agriculture were small at home compared with what was available beyond europe, a lot of it was due to possibilities and the desire/need to do so
we should acknowledge the good bits of industrialisation whilst not making the mistake of thinking that the bad bits either justify, or are unavoidable if we wish to keep, the good bits.