Printable Industrial Revolution Worksheets
An absolute explosion of ingenuity was realized from the 18th to 19th century. Major breakthroughs in agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation allowed humans to do a lot more with less. These worksheets help introduce students to the concepts.
- Acrostic Poem
- Book Marks
- Group Creative Writing
- Reading Comprehension Worksheet
- Venn Diagram
- Vocabulary List & Definitions
- Vocabulary Quiz
- Word Search
- Writing Paper
- Writing Paper v 2.0
- Writing Paper v 3.0
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The Significance of the Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution was undoubtedly one of the most profound periods in the history of this world. It was a period of drastic development that helped the economies of countries like Britain flourish greatly. These developments transformed rural and agrarian societies, fundamentally changing the day-to-day lives of people in the world, wherever the industrial revolution took place.
Historians categorize the industrial revolution into two parts. The first revolution started from mid 18th century to about 1830 and was primarily happening in Britain. Whereas the second industrial revolution happened from the mid 19th century until the early 20th century. This time, it encompassed Britain, continental Europe, North America, and Japan. Later in the 20th century, it spread worldwide.
What Was It?
The Industrial Revolution was the process of change from an economy that relied on the hand labor of people to one dominated by an industry and mass machine manufacturing. This change was drastic because it completely shifted the ways of working and living in Britain and then the entire world. , During this time, visionary technical innovations started to take over the production of goods in the world.
There were new tools and machines, which inevitably affected labor, production, and the use of resources. Crucial inventions began to shape every possible sector that before required human activity. And simultaneously, this led to the creation of new industries. As a result, society could see the economy of Britain developing at an increasing speed from 1760-to 1840.
However, this technological revolution and the need for an ever-fast change actually began earlier than the 18th century, and this technological revolution has not stopped since its emergence.
The Significance of Technological Advancements
Technological advancements and socioeconomic and cultural upgrades were the features very specific to the industrial revolution. Technological advancements included the use of new basic materials, primarily iron and steel. New energy sources were also being utilized by the industries, and there was a rise in new inventions such as the spinning Jenny and the power loom. What this did was increase the production of industries but without using a lot of human resources and energy.
Companies were now producing goods, that were previously hand-made, in mass quantities with the help of new machinery and techniques and in the new factories that they set up. Every industry that came in contact with the industrial revolution was transforming in powerful ways.
The factories also led to a division in labor among people, which meant that the efficiency and quality of production were dramatically increased in terms of the production of goods. Owners of these factories and businesses now had the opportunity to mass-produce everything, which ultimately meant more profit for them.
The industrial revolution was incredibly significant for the way it has changed how society and industrial sector functions. Although initially, people did feel isolated and helpless as the new machinery that was introduced did replace their work. But it did help businesses run more efficiently; this all was possible because of the stellar inventions that were introduced to the world by the industrial revolution.
Britain, for instance, had been producing textiles like wool, cotton, and linen, but before the industrial revolution started, the textile business was limited to the small workshops or even the homes of individual spinners, weavers, or dyers. This was, as expected, time-consuming and failed to meet the growing demand for cloth.
With the help of the industrial revolution, this changed, as innovations like the flying shuttle, spinny Jenny, and the water frame made weaving clothes an easy and quick task. Britain was now producing cloth faster with less effort on the end of human labor. The mechanized production led to textile factories catering not only to the growing local demand but also exporting their material.
The industrial revolution has been the most beneficial revolution in terms of lifting societies and their economies from the ground. But besides the innovation of industrial machinery, there have been other inventions that were introduced to the world during the industrial revolution that have completely changed our world permanently. To the point, it is difficult to imagine a time before that. These inventions include the typewriter, electric generator, and photographs, which are all inventions the world is familiar with today, and they know their importance.
The industrial revolution, although it started a long time ago, is still something that is ongoing, as the world keeps seeing new inventions being created that helps them live a more efficient life and take rest every now and then.
One apt example of an invention that has recently changed the life of people in the Alexa device. Although small devices it has changed the way people even use their phones or laptops. Because by just giving a demand to Alexa, they can play new music and search the websites. Alexa responds to almost every task and everything you say to it.
This clearly highlights the fact that there is no stop to the industrial revolution because clearly, it has made people's lives that much easier and more efficient.