Thesis: The French and Industrial Revolutions are very alike and very different in the same sentence and liberalism, romanticism, and nationalism are some of the factors that make them so important to history.
The textbook discusses both the French Revolution and then the Industrial Revolution,
but then it brings the two together and tries to get the reader to understand the similarities and the
reasons for both by comparing them. Neither of the revolutions probably would have taken place
without the other, they both needed aspects of the other to come to being.
The French Revolution took place because France had for centuries had rules that
dominated that people and kept the wealth happy and the poor down. Farms were forced to be
share croppers where they rented their land for a very high price, farmed and harvested it and
then sold it at market. The problem with this is that the rent that the farmers were being charged
was so high that they could never make any money to get ahead in life and they were constantly
concerned with their crops. If their crops failed then they would not be able to pay the lord that
owned they land and then they may not even be able to eat. This cycle went on in France for
many years until the Industrial Revolution started and people started to move away from the
farms and into the big cities where work could be found.
The Industrial Revolutions started for many reasons but some of the most important were
science and technology, inventions and greed. When the factories were built and jobs were
offered many people moved from the farm life the only life they had ever known into the city in
hopes of finding a better life. Unfortunately, that is not what they found. They factories payed
very little, they where dark, cramped, hot, and dangerous. Then to make things work the factories
often didn’t even have jobs for people. The idea of the 40 hour work week and...