Questions tagged [industrial-revolution]

Questions about the transition to new manufacturing processes and technologies that occurred in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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How Heavy was a Spinning Jenny or Spinning Mule?

The spinning jenny, water frame and spinning mule were textile spinning frames used during the industrial revolution. Approximately how heavy were these machines?
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What name was given to Victorian era of confidence?

When considering the Victorian era there is a typical reference to the zeitgeist that thought that human society and technology were inevitably progressing for the better, a sort of manifest destiny ...
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Is the concern about automation costing jobs a recent one only, or are there other examples from the past?

Jobs always have been replaced. Were people in the past concerned about how technology might deprive them of their jobs? To make the question less broad: Were people at the time of the industrial ...
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Why did it take so long for humans to utilise fossil fuels? [closed]

While our ancestors have been around for about six million years, the modern form of humans only evolved about 200,000 years ago. Civilization as we know it is only about 6,000 years old, and ...
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How the average female body used to be before the industrial revolution? [closed]

I have this curiosity for several reasons.History articles says that before the isdustrial revolution most people used to be quite poor and most of the population were peasants. In other words, most ...
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Why did workers in the Industrial Revolution accept submission? [closed]

I've read that during the Industrial Revolution many workers abandoned their jobs as farmers or artisans to sell their labor to the new industrialists. The factory jobs were exhausting and the quality ...
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Did Industrial Revolution economic systems rely on colonies? [closed]

I have read in the Economic Nobel's prize Thomas Piketty's book the following sentence (translation is mine): "The Enlightenment movement and the Industrial Revolution were partially based on the ...
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European Life Expectancy Comparable? Now or When? [closed]

Question: Was their ever a people in European history where life expectancy was similar to Now? 21st century? 70+ years of age? Average or Median? I realize conventional wisdom would inform us ...

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