AP European Post #8

How did the Second Industrial Revolution transform European society?  What new industries developed, and which do you think had the greatest impact in the twentieth century?

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  1. The Second Industrial Revolution transformed European society in many ways. They brought many new ways of transportation through the railroad, airplane, and zeppelin. Trade boomed due to easier transport of goods which also led to more mingling of cultures. I believe the greatest impact of the Second Industrial Revolution was felt in transportation because it led to migration and the boom of trade and cities.

    • I agree. I like that you brought trade and it’s effects. I feel it’s always important to highlight the times in history when cultures spread and mingled in a positive fashion.

    • I agree, transportation was the most significant impact of the second industrial revolution. Imagining modern society without those advances is almost impossible, in my opinion.

    • I find it interesting how connected the world started to be because of the second industrial revolution. Transportation, as you said, was no doubt a major factor, with railways and cars allowing for the spread of people and goods. I also think another factor was communication, which allowed for someone far away to quickly contact someone else. This expansion of communication thus further contributed to the connectivity across Europe that you described.

    • I agree that transportation was a very important part aside from the flammable ball of gas. However, the Bessemer process is the cause of all of this.

  2. The second industrial revolution transformed European Society by directly affecting consumer society. It was considered an enormous step toward the modern consumer culture we know today. People began to buy more products and material objects that they wanted, rather than needed, thanks to increase of available work and money in the European market. Coal, steam and cars were becoming more effective, automobiles becoming a huge industry as they grew in demand and popularity. The textile industry grew as well, as the focus became not to sell for practicality, but art and fashion as well. Cars, however, was the more important of the two, as their functionality and usefulness was revolutionary in a world so used to horse and carriage. People could now travel further, faster, and ‘in fashion’.

    • That is very true about transportation. Automobiles were a huge part as well, and they made old forms of traveling like horses and waking obsolete.

    • I agree, new work opportunities allowed for families to purchase things that were unnecessary but desirable.

    • I agree with all rhw points you made. It is certainly true that cars and transport were very important innovations which impacted society greatly, encouraging what we know as modern transport.

  3. The second industrial revolution brought around a lot of new inventions and products for the common people to purchase at relatively low prices. This meant that the common person could begin buying things they wanted vs things they needed. Probably the greatest impact of the second revolution was transportation. People could own cars and travel to new places, and trains meant fast travel and more goods coming and going from place to place

    • I agree. I like that you brought up the effects on the lower class. It’s important to acknowledge how lower prices began to change how people bought and sold items.

    • I agree, the development of transportation was very significant in this time period. Railroads, aided by new processes that allowed for faster construction across Europe, linked more and more regions. This allowed for the transport of not just people and goods, but ideas as well. I think that communication was very important as well, with telephones and telegraphs gaining in popularity as well. Like you said, though, I think that transportation was significant in linking Europe in this time period.

    • I agree, this definitely helped the common person buy more commodities that they needed. Also agree with the fact that cars were a solid invention in the second industrial revolution because they were really revolutionary

    • I agree that travels were very important as people could now move large distances with little work as they utilized cars, trains and the future development, the airplane.

    • So essentially you are attributing the growth of the economy to the train which I agree with but in a more general sense I feel the Bessemer process is more important.

  4. The Second Industrial Revolution impacted society greatly. From new transportation such as railroads and planes, people began migrating more frequently, increasing diversity. I think transportation was the most powerful new industry as it promoted trade and movement of peoples. Such actions thus led to modern culture.

  5. The Second Revolution has a very large impact on society. New inventions such as the railroad, steam power, and automobiles allowed for easier transportation as well as trade. This caused more people to migrate to new areas as well as cities growing at a much faster rate. The invention that had the greatest impact would have to be steam power, resulting in boats and trains.

  6. The second industrial revolution transformed European society by increasing steel production and introducing electricity. The new industries introduced were the railway, oil, and chemical industries. I would say that the industry with the greatest impact was the electrical industry.

  7. The second industrial revolution affected the consumers way of life. The revolution brought about customs and consumer thinking still seen today. Because more jobs were available to the public during this time, families were able to make more money and spend it on things they didn’t need but wanted. Although not completely new, the textile industry grew during this time. But one of the biggest developments in my opinion were cars, it was a big step away from horses and walking, allowing people to get from place to place faster and expand out.

    • I agree with you on the fact that cars were the biggest advancement! It helped transportation and transformed daily life as people didn’t have to take the train anymore or travel on foot or by horse. Cars definitely helped make daily life much easier for the common people especially when Henry Ford came into the picture!

  8. The Bessemer process created the modern steel industry and allowed for Europe to begin building vertically and relieving urban poverty as well as creating the construction job which also helped relive poverty.

  9. The Second Industrial Revolution brought about a great deal of changes to European Society. Numerous inventions were developed, many of which allowed for the advancement of infrastructure. This was crucial in large cities, which at the time desperately needed an advancement in infrastructure. Although new industries in transportation, power, and communication developed, arguably the most important new development was the Bessemer Process, which allowed for steel to be produced much faster, and this steel could be used in many new projects in the cities and elsewhere. For those reasons, the Bessemer Process was one of the most important among the many developments in the second industrial revolution that transformed European society in this time period.

    • I agree; I never thought about it but if the advancement in infrastructure never happened, the world would look very different. The Bessemer process completely changed the world.

  10. The Second Industrial Revolution included many inventions such as the Steel Mill, Refridgerator, Electric Light, Automobile, Skyscraper and Washing Machine. All of these inventions really helped the common person’s living needs and situations to make things much more accommodating and life easier. Industries in transportation and communication developed but the biggest industry was transportation with automobiles because it changed the world forever and was of large use for everyone. Later as it was produced by Henry Ford and started being available to the middle class masses then it changed lives.

  11. The 2nd Industrial Revolution vastly increased urbanization in cities by creating makeshift housing for the populace. Steel greatly increased the reliability of buildings as opposed to iron which was more heavier and more expensive. Globalization was also more of a possibility due to new modes of transportation. Electricity also increased as lighting, etc. became more widely available and used in the many city metropolises of the United States.

  12. The most important invention in my opinion would be the discovery of Steel with the bessmar process that enabled people to better build infrastructure using steel instead of the less reliable iron

    • I would agree that steel is the most important because it led to many major developments like the skyscraper and train

      • That is some good insight Zach. I feel the same way however I think that the computer might be a close second if not greater than steel only because it is literally tricking rocks into doing math and throwing lightning inside them.

  13. The second industrial revolution transformed European society forever. Working conditions drastically changed, the amount of overcrowded slums/city’s increased, and it took a huge step towards modern consumer society. People began to spend their new found money based on their wants rather than their needs. For example, as fashion (textile industry) became an art form that strived for uniqueness rather than practicality, it consequently became very consumer friendly. Many new modes of transportation also came from the revolution, which were ultimately more important and frankly had the biggest impact in the 20th century. The railroad, airplane, and zeppelin all come to mind but the most notable invention was the automobile.

  14. The main transformation that could be seen on Europe would have to be the increase in urbanization. This was accredited to the rise of skyscrapers and trains. I would say the most important industry in Europe would have to be the railroad system due to its connecting of Europe.

  15. The Second Industrial Revolution transformed European society in a way that really affected th life of the consumers. The Industrial Revolution put Germany in the lead as an Industrial country. New Industries came about such as; electricity, steel, chemicals, steam and iron. I believe that Steel had the greatest impact due to its versatility and use in making structures more stable and strong.

  16. The Second Industrial Revolution changed European life dramatically, with the countless inventions and the increase in machines and various quality of life improvements. It was vastly important and neede.

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