Why did the Industrial Revolution start in Britain?

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Why did the Industrial Revolution start in Britain?

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:30 pm

As we all know, the Industrial Revolution was a time period in which many changes occurred. Agriculture, mining, transport, manufacturing, and technology had improved and advanced rapidly. Many new inventions were invented such as the steam engine, spinning mule, water powered machines, iron industry, and more. But why did it start in Britain?

While the French Revolution opened up a political era, another Revolution changed the social and economic life, which was the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution started in Britain because their conditions helped a lot at that time. Also its natural resources also impacted the Revolution. Take coal for example. It provided a lot of energy, iron was used for constructions, and its damp weather helped grow cotton. These new sources of energies replaced wind and water to make "labor saving" machines that decreased the use of human and animal jobs and at the same time rose the level of productivity. As a result, England's population grew very fast having labor force for industries. Another reason for it to begin in England was also its feudal class. There where no ruling people but instead, many other free workers who did not own any land.

Source: http://www.oppapers.com/essays/Industrial-Revolution-Why-Did-Industrial-Revolution/97759

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