"Industrial Revolution: From Blood and Iron"

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"Industrial Revolution: From Blood and Iron"

--Overview: This essay reviews the Political, Social, and Economical situations of France and Britain during the French and Industrial Revolutions.

--Improvements: Could use a better conclusion.

--Question(s): "The French and the Industrial Revolution occurred almost simultaneously. Many Historians have argued that this was no mere coincedence. In what ways were the two revolutions similar in their social, political, and economic consequences? In which ways different? Would you agree that the events in France and Britain were part of the same revolutionary process? Be certain to include a discussion of Napoleon's influence.


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The Industrial Revolution changed the face of the planet as we know it. Europe catapulted itself into a new era through the use of iron, coal, steam, and steel. The Businessmen/Bourgeoisie also exploited the workers who man-powered the machines and tools that fueled this revolution. This passage shall shed some light on the French and British Revolutions.


By the 1780's, Britain had established itself as one of the business juggernauts of their time. One of the major factors of Britain's success was the abundance of coal, lignite, and iron ore deposits. Britain, unlike any other country, had many large deposits closely located near each other. This meant after mining the raw materials, it took very little time to get them to the factories to be processed and manufactured into goods or fuel.

Britain also had an enormous population of workers. There was 20 percent (plus) of the population living in cities of 100,000 or more. This entailed to many humongous cities that became centers of it's industrial revolution. Much of the British labor population although poor were not

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living just on subsistence, unlike the rest of the European countries. (Western Civilizations + Notes)

Britain was also...