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Paul Halsall
Modern Western Civilization

Class 15: Causes of the Industrial Revolution

I. Introduction

II. The Agricultural Revolution

Traditionally seen to precede Ind. Rev. - but was important in its own right.

III. Population Growth

Result or cause of Ind. Rev ?





100/120 mil

190 mil


6 mil (1750)

10 mil

III. The Power Crisis

IV. Politics of England

V. The Commercial Revolution.

Graph: Total UK Exports compared to
Exports to North America, W Indies,
West Africa, Spanish America
[mostly Caribbean.]

VI. England First Nation to Industrialize