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The Relative Importance of Three Revolutions
A discussion on the relative importance of the Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution and French Revolution.
# 153529 | 822 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2013 in History (European)

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The paper describes the impacts of the Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution and French Revolution, and discusses how while the Industrial Revolution seems to be the most significant of the three, it is impossible to separate the significance of the Scientific Revolution from the Industrial Revolution, since the latter was so much a function of the former. The paper suggests that both are likely more significant than the French Revolution, since the types of needs and demands that sparked the French Revolution were not unique to the French and would likely have resulted in similar social change elsewhere had they not happened to have occurred first in France.

The Scientific Revolution
The French Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
Relative Importance

From the Paper:

"The Industrial Revolution radically changed the lives of millions of people throughout the 19th century. Previously, the vast majority of people across Europe never traveled more than a few miles from their homes during their entire lives and received little timely information about what was happening elsewhere in the world (Riley, Gerome, Myers, et al., 2005). The introduction of the telegraph, telephone, and modern printing processes allowed ordinary people to become aware of important national and international events for the first time (Riley, Gerome, Myers, et al., 2005).
"Likewise, the development of railroads and powered oceanic vessels tremendously increased the opportunities of ordinary people to travel. However, the most important contribution of the Industrial Revolution may be the extent to which changes in the types of employment patterns led directly to the evolution of modern cities as large numbers of people began to work in non-agricultural jobs for the first time (Kishlansky, Geary, & O' Brien, 2009). Meanwhile, the modern agricultural technologies that emerged from the Industrial Revolution also increased the availability and quality of the foods being produced by fewer and fewer people (Kishlansky, Geary, & O' Brien, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bentley, Jerry H. Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past (4th Edition). McGraw-Hill: New York. 2005.
  • Kishlansky, Mark; Geary, Patrick; and O' Brien, Patricia. Civilization in the West. Penguin Academic Edition (Combined Volume) Penguin: New York. 2009.
  • Riley, Philip F.; Gerome, Frank; Myers, Henry; and Yoon, Chong-kun. The Global Experience Volume Two Readings in World History since 1500 (5th Edition). Prentice Hall: New York. 2005.

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