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

The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes which began in the United Kingdom in the late eighteenth century. Textiles were the dominant industry of the Industrial Revolution, and the transition included going from hand production methods to machines and the rise of the factory system. Other major developments included the increasing use of steam power, the development of machine tools, and new chemical manufacturing and iron production processes.

The Industrial Revolution took place in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.