Why was Britain the First Nation to Industrialise?

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201447149 - Sarah Aitchison - V1102

201447149 - Sarah Aitchison - V1102

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Why was Britain the first nation to industrialise?


Sarah Aitchison

The late 18th and early 19th century was a time of change for the entire world. Historians have researched for many years why some parts of the world took the front line in the push for industrial stability.

Undeniably Great Britain led the industrial revolution and as such there are many factors why this small nation, in comparison to the rest of the world, took its place in creating the historical turning point that has made the world what it is today.

The industrial revolution can be said to have all began from the agricultural revolution, which arguably began in the 17th century. This revolution brought about the initial changes that were to be the biggest influences on British history for years to come. Developments at that time included the introduction of new potatoes to Britain and enhanced farming procedures. The enclosure movement too helped the economy of the nation, as wealthier people were taking charge of larger areas of land and farming better produce than common people were able. These in turn led to a more...