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Industrial Revolution Notes

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Notes covering the Industrial Revolution as well as the following documents: Self-Help, Inquiry into the Condition of the Poor, and The Communist Manifesto.
World Civilizations Since 1500
Michael B Gross
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industrial, revolution, self help, inquiry into the condition of the poor, community manifesto
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Date Created: 03/21/16
England & the Industrial Revolution A) Neolithic Revolution  When human beings shifted from hunting & gathering to domestication of animals and  farming  This led to humans settling in one spot and create villages    Human beings discovered they have free time now because they were not spending all  their time hunting for food.     Free time was spent creating civilization (art, politics, etc.) B) Industrial Revolution  Created more free time because machines were doing the work for them.  Helped changed society from a Feudal society to an industrialized society  Estate society to capitalist class society C) England  Colonies  Colonies help make it an economic giant.  Geography  It is an island which makes it harder to attack and separates itself from the rest of the  turmoil that took over the rest of Europe with the French Revolution (a) Didn’t have to spend as much money and defense as other countries  Essentially a giant port and big with shipping (a) Every place is no more than 20 miles from a water source  Agricultural Boom  Agricultural revolution made the industrial Revolution possible  Created new farming methods (a) Yielded larger crop yields (efficient) (b) Farmers sell so much leftover crops that their price went down. (c) Farming families got extra cash to spend on products manufactured in England  making England a great economic market  Laissez faire economy  Economy that allows people to enter the market and pursue their own self­interests  without market interference. D) Modern world (Separated by classes not estates (Feudal Society)  Lower class  Proletariat­ the people who do the manual labor jobs that don’t require any special  skill (Ex. janitors, coal miners, etc.) (a) Blue­collar workers (b) Paid by wages (paid by hours worked or product made)  Skilled workers  Bourgeoisie  Middle class  Professionals  Educated workers  Not as hand­on  Make salaries instead of a wage  Upper Class  Funded the lower and middle class  Inherit money E) Crystal Palace (1951) F) The Condition of England question  Are we going to wipe ourselves out with the pollution we cause with factories?  What can we do to stop Earth from becoming an uninhabitable planet? G) Document: Self­Help by Samuel Smiles  Smiles admired Josiah Wedgewood  Was a manufacturer of pottery  Was persistent when trying to find the right way to create the best pottery  Started work when he was young  Got a severe case of smallpox while young and had his right leg taken amputated (a) Because he couldn’t be normal like everyone else, he decided he would be better  Benefitted England because it brought national pride  Benefits thousands because he gave jobs for people in his ceramics factories.  Relevance of the Condition of England Question  Josiah Wedgewood became a new kind of hero (industrial hero) (a) A hero because he provided inspiration  Capitalist Work Ethic (a) Work hard, persevere and you will move up in the world. H) Document: Inquiry into the Condition of the Poor by Edwin Chadwick  Edwin Chadwick  Was written because the Royal Commission wanted a report on the condition of the  poor  Was a tailor  Writes about the hazardous working conditions of those in the mines (a) Led to the Public Health Act (1848)  Tailors  Had to work in crowded rooms with no open windows  People suffocate because there is too many people in the room with no ventilation and candles taking oxygen  Interviewed a worker (a) Workers are delivered gin (80 proof (40% concentrated alcohol)) four times a day to drink (i) Drink before they have eaten in the mornings (b) Works from 6am to 7pm (c) After work he goes home and drinks more alcohol (d) Is essentially dying  Miners  Terrible living quarters in bunkhouse (a) Poor ventilation (b) Sleep four people to a bed (c) Foot of water on the floor (i) Six inches of potato peelings on top of the water  Working conditions are poor as well (a) Breathing in coal dust (b) Young children would pull heavy carts of coal upward in a dark tunnel (i) Have straps tied around their waist to help pull the cart  Average life expectancy of a coal miner in England was 17  Public Health Act (1842)  First public health act to regulate work and make it more hospitable I) Document: The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx  Written for the proletariat   Feudal society was at war with itself   Says that the class war between the bourgeoisie vs the proletariat in communist society,  the proletariat will win  Wins by steadily getting larger while the bourgeoisie will get smaller and finally  change the capitalist society to the communist society  Community society is a classless society and nobody is defined by the amount of money  they make.     Believed that history of all existing society is the history of class struggle Living a human history instead of a class history A classless society makes all people equal Property is no longer private (a) Property is used to exploit classes (b) Property becomes state property It is an Atheist society (a) Believed religion was used to oppressed Women are made equal (a) Women used as an instrument of production (children) (b) Women seen as common property No country or nationalities (a) Nationalism was supported by the bourgeoisie because it has been used to exploit  the proletariat Response to the Condition of England Question  You can’t fix a system that is inherently corrupt, it has to be destroyed.


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