AP World Post #4

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

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  1. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world for two main reasons, England’s population spiked up, and because of the new technologies invented/made like the steam engine/locomotives and canals. Due to New World crops such as the potato, the population spiked in England creating many more workers, and due to population pressure, more people were driven into the working class which produced industrialization in England. New technology such as the steam engine (which was invented in England) and canals connected Europe making materials more abundant and accessible, hence, producing industrialization in England.

    • I liked how you mentioned that the steam engine was invented in England. I agree with you that the canals made transportation of raw goods and manufactured goods create industralization in England.

    • I liked how you included the invention of the steamboat and canals because they helped England monopolize trade by making transportation faster and cheaper. I also agree with you in how new crops such as the potato influenced the movement of people inland because of population growth.

    • I liked how you mentioned the effects from the Columbia exchange in the Old World/Europe and linked that to their population rise.

    • I agree with your point, and I also like that you mentioned the canals. Without canals, industrialization wouldn’t be possible because it would be too difficult to transport materials.

    • I agree with you on how the population spike was a reason that the industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world, but I didn’t think about how the newer technology could be a reason as to why the industrial revolution could only start in England. I like how you talked about the steam engine because it was arguably the most helpful invention.

    • I think transportation is one of most important things that allowed Britain to start an industrial revolution. The canals you mentioned not only made transportation of goods faster but water travel was also much cheaper than land travel.

      • I agree with that especially with England being able to use their canals to build ports to help with the industrial revolution

    • I agree with you on the factors that include the inventions, as well as the population spike. However, another vital factor with the rise of the industrial revolution in England was the increase in transportation and large amount of resources.

    • I agree with your statement about how England had a surge In population, this allowed them to be able to have the work force that they needed

  2. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world because they were able to grow their population by increasing food production by growing vegetables such as the potatoe. The surplus of food made food cheaper so people would be able to use their leftover money to buy manufacture goods and this created more jobs and factories to be build.

    • I also agree with you that the surplus of food made it possible as it led to the Agricultural Revolution. This led to fewer people working at farms and allowing more people to work in factories in the city.

    • I like and agree with your statement on how food was in such large quantities that the people began to look to spend and make their money in other ways, leading to the development of new jobs and buildings!

    • Yes, I completely agree with what you said, especially when you said “left over” because it greatly emphasizes the fact that they also had tried feed themselves before distribution even commenced. This money would then be used for manufacturing factories, like you said…

    • I agree with you on why the Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world because of how they were able to increase their population with more food production and the growing of the potato.

  3. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because England was ahead of the world for their time. After the introduction of new crops from the new world, population surged, this allowed people to move inland and in turn they worked in factories which manufactured textiles quickly and efficiently. This allowed for them to strengthen their navy and the encouraged monopolies on trade to help them explore and influence the land they were traveling to. England also enforced capitalism, this allowed the scientific revolution to rise and shape the growth of the nation/empire as a whole. This ideology lead to the industrial revolution, making England the only nation to start building an empire and influence over the world.

    • I liked how you referenced the scientific revolution. The new advancements made during the Scientific revolution benefitted the Industrial Revolution. Also, the Scientific Revolution gave people a sense of individuality, which led to the middle-class uprising during the Industrial Revolution.

    • I agree especially with your remarks about population growth due to crops from the new world like corn and the potato, this really let England take height in the industrial revolution.

      • The main cause of the industrial revolution beginning in Britain over anywhere else was of its location. Britain was very close to the sea and oceans. This allows for bulky goods and crops to be transported easily which gives Britain quite an advantage in terms of goods and ideas for innovation. Materials were brought to factories to be housed and used. Also, another thing that Britain had was good transportation of goods in that, it was modern at the time. They had canals and railways unlike the rest of Europe which was still growing. So eventually, this made the Industrial Revolution possible in GB and also let it last for a long time.

    • I agree with you. I like how you also connect with other time periods and show how England was advanced than other countries.

    • I like how you mentioned capitalism because having a strong government was key to the industrial revolutionn

  4. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in Great Britain and not and not start anywhere else because of the increase in food production. The Agricultural Revolution had a profound effect on life in Britain. Food production increased due to new innovations and inventions. This led to fewer people working on farms and now moving to the city to work in factories. The increased food production allowed an increased on Great Britain’s total population. The increased population helped produce workers for the factories and mines that were important to the Industrial Revolution. Large supplies of coal, the geography of the country, and a positive political climate are also why the Industrial Revolution was able to start in Great Britain and not elsewhere.

    • I like how you included the positive political climate because it is very important to consider when it come to renovation and ideas that just come with no limit. Without it of course none would exist and no authority would permit such constructions and industrialization in Britain. With the increase of worker due to increase of births was a very big part in industrialization.

    • I agree with you because of the increase in food production the population grew. And like you said because of that increase in population it lead for a need of new jobs like those in factories.

  5. The industrial revolution started in England because they were so far ahead of everyone else. With new crops that came from the Americas people moved inland to work in factories. These factories made textiles or what could be called clothing and cloth. To speed up this process inventors made machines that cleaned cotton and spun it into workable thread. The government was a huge supporter of this because it gave them more wealth. Along with the military being strengthened. The industrial revolution was a major time for the steam engine. This helped with the transportation of people on trains and lead to roads being built. Along with the steam engine being used in mining to speed up the process of bringing the raw materials to the surface. England used their technological advancements to influence other countries. Which in the end lead to other countries becoming more advanced and westernized.

    • I agree on how textiles were an important start of the Industrial Revolution since it was one of the first things being produced in factories.

    • I agree with you because the industrial revolution had many new inventions that speed up days of work into hours. With new inventions became many more ideas that happened lead to where we are today. To add on, with new inventions became better inventions to help the society with jobs, and more.

    • I thought it was very interesting that you brought up the inclusion of new crops from the americas. Personally I thought that had little to do with it but I now see your point

    • I agree. The transportation in Britain was ahead of the rest of Europe in that they possessed some of the best transportation like railways and canals. Also factories were an important part in storage and manufacturing.

  6. The industrial revolution was able to start in England due to its population revolution in 1730 and it’s great natural resources. The population revolution in West Europe resulted in a pulling away from traditional agriculture and rapid rise of domestic work. The people looked for fast and new ways to now mass produce their needs through this domestic work and began to fill in the gaps with machinery, using their natural resources and power to their advantage. To restate, Europe had a problem of keeping up with a sudden and newly enlarged population, looking for solutions in inventions to mass produce their needs, thus leading to the industrial revolution.

  7. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else, for a couple reasons, first, exponential population growth occurred due to new crops like the potato which allowed families and the population in general to grow at a faster rate with much more supply that was able to support a vast amount of people. Soon-after railroads were built and allowed ease in transportation, bring more crops and materials, such as textiles, cotton, and resources from across. This sudden change resulted in industrialization, and commerce throughout.

  8. The industrial revolution was able to start in england and not anywhere else for a number a reasons. First they had the natural resources to support it. They also had a government and a peole willing to support the revolution. They also had transportation to transport goods.

    • Emelia I agree that they did have a very willing government and people who were willing to support the cause

  9. England had accessible transportation which therefore allowed them easier access to the provisions of the rich industrial economy which happened through the help of the cooperative government. English people had a creative genius and incentive that was unmatched because all of these aspects combined was not present in any other community throughout the world.

  10. The Industrial Revolution began in England because they had a population spike. Farmers had developed the three field system, along with better farming technologies. Steamboats and locomotives were also invented in England, which kept food fresh during transport. The population spike allowed for more and more farmers to move to the city, which began urbanization. With all of the workers, materials, and cooperation that England had, they were able to begin the Industrial Revolution.

    • I like how you mentioned how the food was kept fresh during transport. This is one of the most important parts of the revolution because people were eating better and more infants survived.

  11. The industrial revolution was able to start in England because of it’s many available resources . They had an agricultural advantage and medicine became better. More food and better medicine meant less deaths. The increased population had more people able to work. Not on farms, but in factories. Those people went to work in factories, using new technologies. The steam engine was invented, and so was the cotton gin. England already had the raw materials, population, intellectual geniuses, and power—but what they had that made the revolution start was a cooperative government.

    • I agree with you because once there was more medicines it was a increase in the population. To add on, women who gave birth to children would often die or the children would die due to bacteria. After, new medicines were used many children and mothers were not dying due to bacteria. Some causes of patients dying were due to not cleaning tools doctors would using during surgery’s or births. Overall, you explanation was really good and agree with you.

    • I agree with you. The population growth with agricultural, medicine improvement and advanced machine led them to the industrial revolution.

    • I agree, i think that food was an important factor as well as the transportation of food through steam engines, which kept it more fresh, which increased the overall population

    • I agree with you and all of the statements and reasons you provided. The thought that the revolution was able to start only in England primarily on the fact that they had agricultural advantages and with the effects of that the industrial revolution was underway, makes sense because with out the advancements in that field there would be no need for a revolution.

    • I agree. The population rises greatly during the peak of the industrial revolution. This did cause the Industrial revolution mainly due to the amount of employees that could be hired. Also, I agree that GB was advanced from the beginning which led them into the Industrial revolution.

  12. The industrial revolution was able to start in England due to the fact that England had the material and tools required to advance In technology during the year 1730. They were able to smelt more metal and there were two specific people who lived in England who worked to make these types of inventions and begin the industrial revolution. Every other country didn’t had the idea of smelting iron, creating advanced technology, building transportation, Etc. England however, had more material, resources and technology to build the industrial revolution.

  13. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England because of how urbanized England already was, and on top of that, they had a large population, which was then utilized to put people in factory jobs. England further urbanized with the use of steam engines which could transport goods and even people.

    • I like how you had a lot of information but kept your response short. It is easy to understand and follow with the response. Try to elaborate more of how people were forced to find new jobs in the city due to the enclosure movement.

  14. The Industrial Revolution started in England because of the population growth and they were able to make more jobs with all the new inventions. They also had very good transportation. For example the canals and railroads.

    • I agree that they had good transportation but that did not come until they had invented the steam engine. The steam engine not only helped with transportation but was used in factories to make cuck work such as in the mining industry,.

  15. The industrial revolution was able to start in England due to the population revolution occurring there. For something to be industrialized there needs to be people. The inventors help produce the machines while the workers themselves help manage the machines. England also had raw materials for the inventors to work with so more machinery were produced during this time than if the revolution had started in say America.

  16. The industrial revolution was able to start in England because of the new crops and because of improved transportation. Another reason was the enclosure movement. Crops were able to be grown more efficiently and while using the three field system farmers were able to try out new crops. New transportation like the trains and steam boats were able to get food to people faster and people were able to eat better. This is one of the main reasons that the population spiked. As people moved to the city to work in factories inventors wanted to make things more efficient.

  17. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England because of the great population growth and the Enclosure Movement. American crops, due to their great efficiency, made farmers very successful which also caused land buyers to purchase their land to use their crops. The farmers were forced to the city to work in the factories due to the Enclosure Movement.

    • I agree, the Enclosure movement really put the industrial revolution in motion because of workers needing to work due to people buying off their land and only keeping a small portion of people to work it.

    • I agree that the rise of the industrial revolution was highly determined by the population growth, but was mainly allowed by the discovery of germs that allowed the lifespan of babies to last longer.

  18. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world was due to the population increase they had. Their population was able to increase because they started growing more food and newer foods such as the potato. The increase in food led to people living longer and due to this the population was able to increase. Also with the increase in population there were more people to work.

    • I agree with the idea that population increase played a major role in this revolution but another important factor that is as fundamental as the population increase is the accessibility to natural resources.

    • I also agree with you, especially when it came to the population increase in England, which I forgot to mention in my response. However, I also feel like Britain’s geographical location also played a huge factor in it being able to begin the industrial revolution.

  19. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world because of population growth such as men,women,and children. New types of medicines were being made and helped increased women population during birth. During time period families needed more children to work in farms. People had to deal with many children dying due to bacteria and not having clean tools once giving birth.

    • I agree that new medicines aided the Industrial Revolution in England by protecting an immense population against diseases that had decimated western Europe countless times before. I would argue that it was equally as important as the improved nutrition offered by American crops from England’s overseas colonies.

  20. This is because of the availability of natural resources in this region such as fossil fuels and steel and such allowing for these inventions to begin to be made, as well as the rise in urbanization and population growth making the people and government make new inventions to be able to support this knew population whether its with providing cloth for clothes or providing transportation for people and essential materials such as food across the country. Also, the need for this natural resources causing many knew inventions to come about such as the steam engine allowing for accesibility to these resources.

  21. I think transportation is one of most important things that allowed Britain to start an industrial revolution. The canals you mentioned not only made transportation of goods faster but water travel was also much cheaper than land travel.

    • I agree that transportation opened many windows to the growth of the industrial revolution in britain and made new inventions because of it

  22. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else in the world because of the population growth and agriculture improvements that they had. Also the invention of steam engine that could be applied to manufacturing processes and ships led to improvement of transportation system.

  23. It was able to start in England for two reasons. One they had the population revolution which greatly increased the number of people in Britain. Also they had all the resources and and the need for improvement in England which created a drive to work harder

  24. The Industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because they had the scientific revolution going on which helped them with many advancements and their population began growing.

  25. The Industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because they had the scientific revolution going on which helped them with many advancements and their population began growing.

  26. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and nowhere else due to the fact that England was not only advanced, but also because of population growth following the introduction of new foods and resources, as well as the enlightenment which brought stronger doctors and medicines. Because of these factors, the population of Europe spiked, so when advanced technologies were introduced many people were available to work with them.

  27. The industrial revolution was able to start in England for a couple of main reasons. Firstly the revolution was able to start because of the resources the country offered. The country had enough and all of the resources that were needed for an industrial revolution to begin. Some of these resources and factors were not found in other countries which is why it started in England and only England. The revolution was also able to begin because of the spike in population the country had. Due to this growth, new technologies were needed and new ideas became reality which led to the industrial revolution to begin. Because of these two major factors the industrial revolution was able to start in England.

    • I agree that the population growth led to the Industrial Revolution because it allowed for more people to work in factories.

    • I agree that the exclusivity of certain resources in England partially enabled it to witness the Industrial Revolution before other western nations, as they helped fuel the groundbreaking machinery that was emerging concurrently.

  28. The industrial revolution was able to start in England first because of two main reasons, the first being a massive spike in population. This allowed more people to move into the city and work in factories. The second being the mass buying of farmland. This made it so less people were required to tend to farmland and yet again allowed people to move to cities and work in factories

    • I completely agree with you about the fact that the industrial revolution began in England due to the massive influx of people because the people moved off of farmland and newcomers to cities expanded their respective city and brought a larger amount of workforce available to be hired by many entrepreneurs who at this point had steam engines which were manned by the thousands in factories all across England.

  29. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because of England’s growth in population due to their agricultural and medical improvements. The efficiency in growing crops improved. The population growth allowed for more people to be factory workers which prompted urbanization.

  30. The industrial revolution started in England and nowhere else because of two main factors of population growth and great agricultural improvements. The population growth allowed more people to move into cities and work in factories which helped a lot economically and also helped with urbanization. In terms of agricultural improvements, land and weather complimented new and improved seeds which allowed crops to be healthier and grow in a larger portion at once.

    • I agree with your reasoning as the growing factories allowed for there to be more jobs and agricultural improvements allowed for better conditions for a harvest to be larger and healthier.

  31. England was the center for the industrial revolution. One reason for this is that it’s damp climate was ideal for raising sheep. This helped the textile industry. Also their over seas colonies proved to be good markets for their goods.

  32. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere, due to the natural conditions that England had that other countries lacked. The most obvious of this would be the fact that England was separated by a decently huge body of water, that would help prevent the island from invasions. On top of that, being surrounded by water England was able to have many canals, which lead to the creation of many ports, which would allow for more trade to be done with other countries. Along with that England’s economies was one of the strongest in the world, and contained a plethora of resources/fossil fuels, with coal being #1. All of these reasons allowed for the industrial revolution to begin in England, along with why it couldn’t have begun anywhere else.

    • I like how you included their resources that other countries during that time seem to have been lacking or not have discovered yet. and the bodies of water that highly influenced agriculture and the revolution

  33. The Industrial Revolution only started in England and not anywhere else was because of the growing population. The growing population encouraged many technological improvements. One invention is the steam engine, invented by James Watt. The steam engine was applied to manufacturing processes and increasing the manufacturing output in industries. Another invention was the flying shuttle, that was used to automatically move thread horizontally in a loom and double the productivity of a hand weaver. The Industrial Revolution caused cities to grow, due to expanding factories.

  34. The Industrial revolution started in England mainly due to the factors which England already possessed that allowed it to due so, including: the growing population, the steam engine and other invention, the raw resources that were already available, and the transportation industry that was accelerating in growth.

  35. The Industrial Revolution was able to start in England and not anywhere else because they had a head start technology. England had all the resources needed to industrialize. It was home to multiple inventors and also had the geographical needs like an abundance of coal and iron. Another reason was the huge rise in population, more people meant more workers to run the factories.

  36. The Industrial Revolution was able to occur in England mainly due to the major rise in population. This population increase allowed for many available workers in new factories, which increase labor. Another factor would be the new inventions and machinery being created at the time. These allowed labor and transportation to be more efficient in many aspects as well.

  37. The industrial revolution was able to start in england and not anywhere else due to the majority of resources they had. They also had an increase of population and the new inventions people had made.

  38. The industrial revolution was only able to start ion England because of the population revolution which created more workers and these people also influenced change

  39. The industrial revolution started in England due to an increase in its population. Back then, families had many children. Some of these children would be sent to the city to work in factories. Not only that but many inventions such as the steam engine and cotton ginny.

  40. Industrial revolution was able to start in England because they had the necessary resources that they needed to have, as well as the good thinkers to come up with the new inventions, and also they had access to transportation

  41. The Industrial Revolution originated in England due to its reliable access to nutritious American crops such as corn and the potato, which expedited a substantial population growth. The overabundance of available workers across the nation that resulted necessitated a new type of labor that concerned factories as opposed to traditional agricultural and artisan duties. Such a formidable workforce enabled the construction of highly advanced transportation systems as a wave of technological achievements such as the steam engine, the cotton gin, and the Bessemer process enhanced production rates.

    • I agree with your statement, with the extra amounts of workers that helped develop new technologies definitely helped england make the industrial revolution.

  42. The Industrial Revolution originated in England because of the surplus food which lead to an increase in jobs, following that would lead to more people wanting jobs and urbanization. In a sense the abundant amounts of food allowed Europe to develop even more then other places.

  43. The industrial revolution happened in England and England only because England had a booming profit due to cotton and trade industries so investors were able to invest in new and crazy technologies and plans. There were tons of factors combined for this but this was 1 big one.

  44. The industrial revolution was able to start in England and not any where else because the multiple industries in England allowed for investors to support industries. Another reason why it started in England was because they had alot of workers available ready to work. Which has to do with the increase of population and good food of some what.

  45. The industrial revolution was only able to start in England because during this time because prior to this England had already had resources such as metal, a high populace for workers, and an abundance of grown crops.

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