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Video Viewing Guide: The Industrial Revolution Part 1

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Video Viewing Guide: The Industrial Revolution Part I: The Great Discontinuity

Source:  Video: The The Industrial Revolution: A Program in Three Parts (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2000).

Viewing Guide created by Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE), 2005.

 

1. How did the “Great Exhibition”, held in London in 1851, typify the (new) ”laissez-faire” ideal?

 

 

2. Why is this period in history known as the “Great Discontinuity”? How does this “revolution” compare to most others in history?

 

 

3. Describe the new type of firm and the new type of businessman brought about by the Industrial Revolution.

 

 

4. Describe the changes that occurred in the iron industry during the Industrial Revolution, including the unique character of Mr. Darby.

 

 

5. How were transportation practices and costs changing during the Industrial Revolution?

 

 

6. What does the video describe as the “most important single invention of the Industrial Revolution”? Why was it so significant?

 

 

7. Describe the changes that occurred in the cotton industry during the Industrial Revolution, including the unique character of Mr. Arkwright.

 

 

8. Describe the innovations introduced by Mr. Wedgwood in the pottery industry.

 

 

9. How did the possibility of “self-betterment on an unprecedented scale” affect England’s social strata during the Industrial Revolution?

 

 

10. Were the Industrial Revolution’s productivity increases possible because of new machines, or merely better machines? Explain.

 

 

Concluding Question:

How can all of the enormous changes brought by the Industrial Revolution have happened with little, if any, influence from government? Explain.

 

 

 

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