THE REVOLUTION IN ENERGY AND INDUSTRY, ca 1780-1860
-The Industrial Revolution featured a dramatic shift from handmade to machinemade foods while also drawing many rural workers to the cities to find work.
-The Industrial Revolution began in the British textile industry due to Britain's access to numerous natural resources, wealth, technological advances, free wage labor force, and a stable political system,
-Dreary working conditions produced a flood of affordable goods, gradually improving the standard of living while also creating a widening gap between the working class and the middle and upper classes.
-The continent steadily industrialized following 1815 aided by varying levels of government support with Russia far behind the other European powers.