Impact of the Industrial Revolution

 

Improvements in cottage industry and agriculture laid the foundation for the emergence of the Industrial Revolution. Muscle power, wind power, water power, hand tools and draft animals were the main ways and means of creating energy until the eighteenth century.

Industrialization changed this and (steam) machines, gas and electricity led to a profound transformation of the labor process. They enabled the mass production of goods, food, machines, appliances and means of transport. At least as drastic were the socio-economic, political and cultural consequences of the Industrial Revolution.

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