The Industrial Revolution, 1820 - 1870
The Industrial Revolution is the second most important change in our history. Moving from farms to factories, everything from food to time was impacted by this massive social, economic, and political shift. Cities sprung from lowly villages, roads, railroads, and steam power pushed humans further and further into the wild, radically altering the map of the globe. While initially this change was centered in Europe, its impact will be felt across the globe.
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In which John
Green wraps up revolutions month with what is arguably the most
revolutionary of modern revolutions, the Industrial Revolution. While
very few leaders were beheaded in the course of this one, it changed the
lives of more people more dramatically than any of the political
revolutions we've discussed. So, why did the Industrial Revolution
happen around 1750 in the United Kingdom? Coal. Easily accessible coal,
it turns out. All this, plus you'll finally learn the difference between
James Watt and Thomas Newcomen, and will never again be caught telling
people that your blender has a 900 Newcomen motor.
In which John
Green teaches you about capitalism and socialism in a way that is sure
to please commentors from both sides of the debate. Learn how capitalism
arose from the industrial revolution, and then gave rise to socialism.
Learn about how we got from the British East India Company to iPhones
and consumer culture in just a couple of hundred years. Stops along the
way include the rise of industrial capitalism, mass production,
disgruntled workers, Karl Marx, and the Socialist Beard. The socialist
reactions to the ills of capitalism are covered as well, and John
discusses some of the ideas of Karl Marx, and how they've been
implemented or ignored in various socialist states. Plus, there are