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Old June 3rd, 2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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Did life get better as a result of the Industrial Revolution?


Hello..
I'm really needing this history essay.
Its guiding question is "Did life get better as a result of the industrial Revolution?"

Could anyone please help me?
It should include:
- Enclosure, Agricultural Reform and Captain Swing
- Growth of factories and Condition in Mills and Factories
- Inventions-Sparking of consumerism
- Government reforms: Factory Acts, Poor Law, Public Health Acts
- Urbanisation: living conditions for rich and poor
- Consumerism and Leisure: hosehold goods, food and shopping
- Transport: Canals, roads and raiways
- Political Development: Political Reform
- Empire, Slavery and Globalisation

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Old June 3rd, 2009, 07:02 PM   #2

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Life for who?

An English peasant? No. Not in the least. If anything it got much, much worse.

An English aristocrat? Yes, yes it did, the income from their new factories and industrialized farms enabled them to build massive estates and country houses all over the country and to further exploit the rural peasants and the urban lower classes.

Same story throughout most of Europe, but England was certainly the extreme.

For the majority of the populations, living conditions, be it housing, nutrition, or work hours, got worse as they were exploited even more than before by the upper classes.

Studies of average heights in England and France from the 18th and 19th centuries show significant decline in height and they did not begin to rise again until the early 20th century. Average height of a population is a very useful tool as it can be an indicator as to the lifestyle, living conditions, and especially nutrition of a population.
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Hello..
I'm really needing this history essay.
Its guiding question is "Did life get better as a result of the industrial Revolution?"

Could anyone please help me?
It should include:
- Enclosure, Agricultural Reform and Captain Swing
- Growth of factories and Condition in Mills and Factories
- Inventions-Sparking of consumerism
- Government reforms: Factory Acts, Poor Law, Public Health Acts
- Urbanisation: living conditions for rich and poor
- Consumerism and Leisure: hosehold goods, food and shopping
- Transport: Canals, roads and raiways
- Political Development: Political Reform
- Empire, Slavery and Globalisation

Thanks to anyone who considers itself a helpful person.
Welcome to the Homework help section of our forum historyfan. We will always be willing to assist you with any homework or finals questions...however, make sure you read our homework help guidelines. In the future, we do require some signs of work on the question before you post. It gives us an indication that you are putting forth the effort...that we aren't doing the work for you. Here is the guideline link:

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ESSAY!? You'd need a book to cover all that. A book! no! A whole encyclopedia. I'd have to charge a fee for that.
The short answer to the question is "yes".
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Alex III, as always we appreciate your help here in the homework section. Just make sure you ask posters to show signs of work before you help them. Here are the guidelines for those members answering questions:

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Ah okay, many thanks. Noted for next time.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 09:50 PM   #6

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ESSAY!? You'd need a book to cover all that. A book! no! A whole encyclopedia. I'd have to charge a fee for that.
The short answer to the question is "yes".
Really? I would imagine that the Industrial Revolution would have created a much larger gap between the Rich and Poor, I don't see the poor really profiting from the Revolution, they were exploited and treated as vermin. But perhaps you meant in the long term, that the results of the Revolution, the process of producing things faster and easier benefited society as a whole.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 01:44 AM   #7

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It certainly was beneficial for the emergence of urbanization and for the rise of capitalism, that is if you really consider capitalism beneficial for it may be a primary cause of many currently impoverished areas.

Although, as many flocked to the cites in search for employment, living conditions were deplorable with long working hours, low wages, and the spread of disease due to pollution and rat/insect infestation. It was difficult for many skilled workers to obtain a job that was already becoming obsolete from mechanization as well as the need for slaves.

But as the cities and industries grew, transportation was more accessible, mass production grew and much of the "poor" were gradually becoming "middle class." Many could finally begin living leisurely lives with the emergence of social phenomena. Some may have remained poor throughout the revolution, possibly due to the limited amount of jobs especially in the beginning, or living in bad areas that were never very well industrialized. If the gap between the rich and the poor remained large, it may be due to the future rise of governmental ideologies capitalism/socialism/communism and so forth that prevented or slowed down success upon the lower class.

Despite the current and past economical situations, civilization wouldn't be as prosperous as it's become without the revolution. We certainly have emanated from an abyss of "hard times" from 200 years ago and earlier.
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The short answer to the question is "yes".
Or possible "No".
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Or possible "No".
Exactly...

In the long run? Yes.

In the short term? Not at all. For most anyway. Yes for a select few. For many it didn't get better or worse.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 07:58 AM   #10

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One thing overlooked here is that the reason we are able to discuss the relative gains of the haves and have-nots is indirectly because of the industrial revolution. Literature and culture of the times were very much affected by the IR. Without it, Dickens would have been just another serial novelist.
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