Industrial Revolution – Cause and Effects

What Caused The Industrial Revolution?

The Industrial Revolution was caused by the teamwork of all factors working together to create new ideas and man-made machines. In the Industrial Revolution, the factors included: coal extraction, the railways, steam power, industrial production, agricultural production and iron smelting. Although at first these don’t seem to have much to do with each other, after looking closer at each of them, we realise that the factors are all connected with each other. Like any other chain or web it is a system that interlinks all factors and gives each of them a purpose in the final product. For example, during the Industrial Revolution, iron smelting was really important as without it railroads could not have been made, and supplies needed to create new machines would have taken much longer to travel from the production location to the developing machines. However, iron can not be smelted without the use of coal, and even if it wasn’t needed, the railroad system would have nothing to power it… But for people to be able to mine this coal, they need energy, which – as humans – we gain most from food. This means that for trains to work, steam power is needed, yet to reach that stage, iron smelting is necessary to create both the trains and the tracks and – as mentioned before – to smelt iron, coal is needed. This is originally mined by people who need food to power their energy, which comes down to the agricultural production… So to conclude, there was not a single factor that caused the Industrial Revolution but rather the collaboration of them all.


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