How Did The Industrial Revolution Affect Society

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The industrial revolution impacted the lives of many people and forever changed the world that we live in today. Many different things came out of the industrial revolution and some of it took a turn for the better and other for worse. The lives of women and children were impacted during the industrial revolution and the role of women in society was altered. There was increasing population shifts as a result of the revolution. Both the upper and lower classes were changed and they both had different experiences. Economic theories were developed as a direct effect of the revolution, economic theories such as capitalism and communism. Each theory benefited different social classes and each theory had its flaws. The industrial revolution caused the growth of cities to skyrocket. The majority of people in Europe lived in rural areas before the revolution and after the majority of people lived in urban areas. The growth of industry caused people to move to cities in order to work in the factories and find other work. Some cities in Europe expanded as much as 40 percent in a single decade (Document 9). Cities soon became overcrowded. In a picture from Document 8 people in poverty are shown being crowded together in a dark ally. The overcrowding caused wide spread disease. The unsanitary living conditions and the…show more content…
Because of the revolution there was a rapid growth of cities and business. The working conditions for many workers were a disaster, but as time went on these conditions soon got better. Women now had a different role in society which may have included staying at home and handling the chores of the house, but it also including women finding jobs and it brought them one step closer to equality. Different economic theories were created as a result. One of the theories was radical and unrealistic and the other become the foundation for many progressive nations such as the
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