Events That Changed Great Britain since 1689

Events That Changed Great Britain since 1689

Events That Changed Great Britain since 1689

Events That Changed Great Britain since 1689

Synopsis

This unique resource describes and evaluates ten of the most important events in British history between 1689 and the present. A full chapter is devoted to each event. Every chapter includes an introduction presenting factual information in a clear, concise, chronological order, and a longer interpretive essay exploring both the short term and far reaching ramifications of the event.

Excerpt

The word revolution often conjures up images of mobs roving the streets of major cities, peasants burning manor houses, armed bands clashing with uniformed troops, and crowned heads rolling in the dust to the delight of their mortal enemies. By this standard, the Industrial Revolution could hardly be considered a revolution. It was not a sudden and violent overthrow of the prevailing status quo; rather, it was a slow, drawn-out process that proved to be by and large peaceful in nature. Nevertheless, the Industrial Revolution altered the world more profoundly than anything since the development of agriculture many thousands of years ago.

What was the Industrial Revolution? Basically, it was a transformation from the production of goods by hand to the production of goods by machine. It also included a growing concentration of machines within single structures or series of connected structures called factories. The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain about the middle of the eighteenth century and gradually spread throughout the world. It continues to evolve today as nonindustrialized countries struggle to industrialize and industrialized ones adopt new and more efficient technologies.

A unique set of circumstances combined to provide fertile ground for the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century Great Britain. For a start, Brit-

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