Europe[ edit ] Changes came in the 19th and 20th centuries; for example, for women, the right to equal pay is now enshrined in law.
Europe, to To the end of the early modern period, Europe remained a preindustrial society. Its manufactured goods came from small workshops, and most of its machinery was powered by animals, wind, falling water, or human labor. These two facts reinforced each other, and together they constricted Europe's economic development.
Water-powered manufacturing, for instance, could develop only in favored regions and remained constantly subject to weather-related interruptions; with limited supplies of power, there was little reason to concentrate manufacturing processes in large workshops.
Byhowever, these descriptions no longer applied to large areas of western Europe, and by the European economy as a whole was dominated by large factories, many of them employing thousands of workers.
Both manufacturing and transportation now relied on steam power, and gasoline and electric motors were becoming common. The quantity and variety of goods manufactured rose accordingly, a transformation suggested by the development of the British iron industry: Britain produced about 30, tons of pig iron inabout one million tons in Contemporary awareness of change advanced even more quickly than the reality.
In his Manifesto of the Communist Partywritten at a time when most Europeans still worked in agriculture and when even British manufacturing was still evenly divided between factories and small workshops, Karl Marx — presented industrialization as the obvious destiny of all European society.
The rapidity of these changes and their far-reaching effects amply justify historians' designation of the period as the " industrial revolution. Industrialization thus numbers among the most important processes that brought the early modern period to a close, and as such it raises important questions about the period itself.
Signs of dramatic economic and technological change were already apparent in later eighteenth-century Britain, prompting historians to ask how this phase of rapid change could have emerged from the relatively stable early modern economy and why it emerged first in Britain.
More broadly, historians have asked why Europe industrialized ahead of other regions of the globe, and what contributions Europe's empires in the Americas and elsewhere made to its industrialization. Answers to these questions have been varied and surprising. Though the concept of industrialization itself remains unchallenged, recent historical research has overturned much conventional wisdom about how the process took place.
In some regions, such as the Netherlands and northern Italy, the percentages might have been even higher, but the difficulties of early modern transportation meant that manufacturing was widely dispersed; with transportation costs high, producers had a strong incentive to establish their workshops near the sources of their raw materials and to focus on meeting the needs of regional markets.
Despite this fragmentation, early modern producers regularly introduced new products and adopted new techniques.
In the thirteenth century, for instance, Italian craftsmen learned how to make silk cloth, and their techniques spread north of the Alps in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, so that by the eighteenth century the French city of Lyon numbered several thousand silk weavers.
The technology of silk weaving changed as well, most dramatically with the invention of the Jacquard loom in the s. The new loom had mechanical codes that governed the weaving process, allowing a relatively unskilled weaver to produce a complex product. In an early version of a process that would be frequently repeated during the industrial revolution, the balance between machine and worker had shifted; knowledge could be embedded in the machine, rendering differences among workers less important.
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