AP World Post #8

Why was Industrial Revolution able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world?

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  1. I believe that it began in England due to the abundance of materials that was necessary for industrialization and as a matter of necessity. Britain’s status as an island nation made it hard for them to grow food and their cities continued expanding, leaving precious little room for agriculture. People began to experiment with speeding up agriculture and weaving. The success of the agriculture being sped up led to more food being available, which led to more money being available to spend on manufactured goods, which led to more jobs in industrialization and more goods being produced. This process led to Britain’s head start over the other nations industrialization processes.

    • I agree partly that the already advanced nature of the English area compared to the rest of the world helped lead into the spread of industrial revolutionaries but I’m unsure that agricultural benefits were a the main point

    • Your point makes sense and I agree. The British being on an island would have made it tough to produce agriculture, so the need to mass produce that necessity was crucial.

    • I agree with you, the British had many goods available locally to them, besides foods. They were able to produce masses of industrialized goods to trade with other nations and continents for any agricultural products. They used both locally and imported goods to develop many common luxuries among the nobels.

    • I never really thought of England’s island status as playing a large role in the industrial revolution, but I completely agree with your view on how they didn’t focus on agriculture as much as others, and that it played really in the revolution

  2. The English desire for luxury items led to the desire to do less work the British were used to lavish lifestyle for the most part and the ideal of less/easier work through using machines was ideal

    • I agree that the British yearned for luxury and lavish goods could have led to their advancements towards the Industrial Revolution.

    • I agree with wht you said, but you forgot about how the English could grow all of the raw materials elsewhere and not worry about if they would have them.

  3. I believe the British could begin the Industrial revolution because they already dominated the world’s navy and had a large military. With a great military and demand for commercial items the British could worry more on the effectiveness of making these products because in reality, who could stop them?

    • I agree. The British had much influence due to their strong navy and large military power. With the influence of their powerful army, England could demand commercial products and reproduce and resell the products for profit. Due to the influence of England their were able to start the Industrial Revolution.

    • I agree. The English were very powerful and could almost do whatever they wanted. Because of this they had access to a lot of materials to start the industrial revolution.

    • I agree with your claim. England did have a very powerful army giving them the advantage in power. Also England did have a demand for items that only they had access to.

  4. The industrial revolution began in England because of the high demand of luxury goods within the nation. England was able to produce masses of industrialized goods because of the plentiful amount should of goods in England itself. They had many resources that were able to be produced and traded, besides agricultural goods and products.

    • I agree with everything you said here. England definitely had a much greater advantage when ot came to Industrializing.

    • I agreee that the Industrial Revolution began in England due to their ability to produce masses of industrialized good. England wanted to have everything to be more powerful and have a greater influence on the rest of the world.

  5. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world during this time period because it’s access to raw materials from other places in the world. England has much influence and has established many colonies that can produce materials for their own use. England used their colonies to take raw material and manufacture it to start the Industrial Revolution.

    • I agree that because of England’s access to materials they were able to begin the industrial revolution. In addition to your comment, I think the rest of the world was in poverty and run in disorganized ways. This gave England an advantage.

  6. The industrial Revolution was able to start in England first because of its capability to produce a lot of products that could be in high demand. They had a good economy and access to a lot of materials that would aid in creating factories to produce goods.

    • I agree, with England financial stability they re able to advance their tech for the work force, with the rest of the other superpower in bankruptcy they have a lead to become a better superpower

    • I agree that England had the population that drove the demand for the products that the factories were making.

    • I agree that they had the most materials, and were living in a more luxurious life than other countries. They were a more wealthy country, compared to France who was in poverty and other countries.

  7. I believe that the reason that the industrial revolution is happen in England was due to the effects of the age of enlightenment and the scientific revolution. After these revolution and the clarity of scholars and scientists, these people were able to create better technology for the agriculture. The agriculture revolution was also a big factor in creating better tech for the England farming so they started to applied to to the work force jobs. The large despots of iron and coal also help England to go into the revolution quicker . The main factor of England going into the revolution is their stability compared to other superpowers at the time. France as in bankrupted and in a civil revolution and US was dealing with bankruptcy as well.

    • I agree with the point you made about the age if enlightenment as well as the agricultural revolution encouraging better industrialization in Britain. Britain was a greater power and already had a more set form of government.

  8. I believe that the Industrial revolution was able to be carried out by Britain and not other nations because Britain had more materials and was the leading power. They also had more money and was already ahead of other countries technologically from the start.

  9. I believe that it was the place to start because it was very industrialized and and had a very leading power brought with them and had the most necessary materials for the revolution to begin there.

  10. The revolution began in England because of England’s Enlightenment age. England had multiple philosophers who produced ideas that gave an advantage to England. England also had access to materials that other countries did not have at the time. England was booming with ideas and goods which struck the Revolution.

    • I can concur with you Caroline that the Industrial Revolution definitely began in England because they were able to have quick access to the materials that they needed, unlike other countries. I also thought that because of England’s small size, geographically, that it had a better advantage to transport its materials, unlike bigger nations like France.

    • I agree, with many philosophers and many ideas, England soon began to invent new machines to do heavy work for them.

  11. The Industrial Revolution began in England because they were seen a wealthy country with luxurious items. Many people lived in stable conditions, which led to the desire of discovery and innovation. Other parts of the world such as France were in poverty and under unstable ruling.

    • I agree with people having a stable condition because without those conditions, they would have fell flat and not been able to produce as many goods as they did.

  12. The industrial revolution was able to start in England because it had a government that was willing to help out with the start of the revolution. Also England had the raw materials to help support all the factories.

  13. The Industrial Revolution began in England for a variety different reasons. Although, it is important to note that Industrial Revolutions can only begin when a nation has the supplies (raw materials), the population (labor), and the urban development to accommodate the fast pace changes in society. Therefore, England was most likely the first place for the Industrial Revolution to begin because it had all three of these extremely important factors. For example, England was one of the first states that had a series of canals and railroads that linked together the cities in the country in order to transport its raw materials nationally. This helped enable the Industrial Revolution because it brought the materials that the factories needed in order to create and manufacture goods. Which could have only been achieved if it wasn’t for the massive population growth from the population revolution back in the 1730s. Thus, England is most likely the first place for the Industrial Revolution to begin because of these three simple factors.

    • I agree with your comment, David. England had all of the necessities to have an Industrial Revolution, while the other places around the world did not during this time. This caused England to be the first to have an Industrial Revolution. I agree with your point about needing three factors, as these are clearly the most important. England had the population for labor, the advancements in transportation and to support a fast paced society, and the materials to build factories and to mine.

  14. I believe it started in England because they had a surplus of resources, and conquered a lot of colonies, so they could grow the raw materials in other places, which freed up room for the factories.

  15. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not in other places around the world because England had the proper development, materials, resources, and population to support an Industrial Revolution. England had supplies to mine and had raw materials that were needed. England had a large enough population to have enough workers for labor in the factories and also was advanced enough to have railroads in order to transport the materials and build the factories. Other places around the world did not have these advancements, at least not all of them, which resulted in England becoming the first place to have a major Industrial Revolution.

    • I agree that England had the necessary materials, mainly due to their materialistic focus that replaced the common theme of agriculture that was present in most other places. England had been focusing more on the metallic side of things for a while, mainly firearms before, but that would have helped with the industrial revolution

  16. England had always been a strong nation, and they were at the end of a revolution as well, where the enlightenment had a very large part to play. This helped in the start of the industrial revolution as it had created the upsurge in intellectual thought and creativity that would be pivotal to the industrial revolution.

    • I agree with your comment Ethan. The enlightenment did have a great affect on the start of the Industrial Revolution in England. This along with the fact that England had the necessary materials, population, and advancements are why the Industrial revolution started in England.

    • Yes Ethan, without the help from the Enlightenment era Europe would have never had any new ideas about the change in society. I would also say that the Industrial Revolution would have not stated anywhere else because of the less Enlightenment in those states.

    • I agree that the enlightenment encouraged the industrial revolution but was not the driving force. I believe that it was due to their population, transportation systems, and resources as opposed to the enlightenment.

    • I agree. England’s strength helped them a lot in starting the industrial revolution. Because of this they had a good economy and access to raw materials.

  17. I think the industrial revolution was able to only start on Europe because Europe had a great navy and military base that they could use as well as having many resources to raw materials. They had a big population and development with the use of raw materials.

  18. England was able to support the Industrial Revolution, unlike the rest of the world, because they had the necessary resources and military. Because of their many colonies, England had virtually any resource that they could want or need for production. England also had a large population, and the Enlightenment provided many strong minds to support the Industrial Revolution

    • I agree that the large population of England helped them as well as the necessary resources. Also, the enlightenment did provide smarter minds to produce better machinery.

    • I also agree that England’s colonial empire played a role in allowing her to industrialize due to the vast population and their ability to gather resources from the empire.

    • I agree, they had good resources available. The enlightenment allowed for many great ideas and machinery very useful for the upcoming of industries and mass production.

  19. The industrial revolution began in England as a result of demand for luxury goods and little desire to do the work. They turned to machines to do the work leading to the Industrial Revolution. They also had a surplus of materials and resources and a large military. They were strong as a result of conquering many colonies.

    • I agree with your statement about them having luxury goods and turning to machines doing the labor because that was the main focus of the industrial revolution, to power machines that would efficiently do the job of many hands of laborers.

  20. I believe that the Industrial revolution started in England because they had the necessary amount of workers and raw materials to produce goods. England had resources, a stable government and a lot of money. They also had a better transportation method than other places. they transported on the canal on ships which allowed for more to be transported at once. This is why England was the first place to start industrializing.

    • I agree, the fact of having bigger modes of transportation and a stable government really helped in providing England with the ability to industrialize faster and stronger than anyone else.

  21. I think the Industrial Revolution took over in England because of the luxury everyone was livi ng in. There seemed to be a need for machines during this time to provide for the people and England also had access to materials that other places simply did not leading to ideas and creations developing.

  22. There were a few reasons the industrial revolution was able to start in England. First England had an abundance of raw materials. Second, as a result which of the rich buying up land for cash crops people were put out of work in the agricultural field which created a large workforce. Some other factors that led to the industrial revolution were a stable government and a good banking system.

  23. The Industrial revolution was able to begin in England rather than in other parts of the world due to the abundance of raw materials they had from not only the British Isles but also Britain’s vast empire.

  24. The industrial revolution was able to begin there due to circumstances like the availability to obtain and the presence of materials and they had stability, especially with economy. They developed a good economic system that would allow for all industries emerging and there was a large population.

  25. The industrial revolution was able to begin there due to circumstances like the availability to obtain and the presence of materials and they had stability, especially with economy. They developed a good economic system that would allow for all industries emerging and there was a large population. They had some advantages in comparison to other places in the world.

  26. The Industrial Revolution was able to start off in England because it was a strong nation at this time and was capable of producing many products that could be high demand. England had a good economy as well as materials and a population that could establish an industrial revolution. Their military is another reason why they were able to industrialize.

  27. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because England had the necessities for an industrialization to occur. That is, the availability of raw materials, strong central government, and the abundance of workers in the manufacturing work force. These are all things that countries had yet to develop, as America does soon.

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