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The Road to Industrial Revolution
A discussion of the main anthropological elements prior to the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. and Europe.
# 28979 | 1,293 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper discusses how there are several anthropological changes that take place in order to prepare the way for an Industrial Revolution and how they were seen in both Europe and the United States. It looks at how agricultural society is seen to precede industrial society and how changes required for industrialization include agricultural revolution, an increase in population, urbanization and economic growth. It analyzes how these three stages include a preliminary phase, comprising of more or less a century and how during this time economic, technical, social, political conditions are prepared to become favorable for a manufacturing rather than an agricultural economy. The second phase focuses on economic prosperity and the third stage is a period of industrial expansion during which existing manufacturing techniques are perfected and still more techniques are developed. It applies these theories to the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. and Europe during the eighteenth century.

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"Technical changes during this time include the seed drill and the horse shoe. The seed drill provides a means of planting seeds deeper in the ground, away from wind and birds. This allows more growth and thus a greater crop and more profit. This of course influences the economy favorably. Robert Blakewell brings about another profitable change in terms of systematic stock breeding. Blakewell moves the traditional focus away from wool (sheep) and strength (cattle) in favor of breeding for food. Inbreeding practices are promoted in this regard. Furthermore Blakewell's success with sheep results in sheep shearing gatherings in which not only England, but also Europe, took part. This also has an influence on economic growth as a result of increased tourism. The Agricultural Revolution culminates in the Board of Agriculture, established in 1793, with Arthur Young as the secretary."

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