From 1700 until the beginning of the First World War in 1914, a period of great social, political and economic upheaval unfolded across the globe. There are many contributing factors that made the Industrial Revolution possible. In this programme we focus on on the agricultural revolution, the rise of the factory, the invention of the steam engine, and the role of Britain's empire.
This video on the Industrial Revolution examines how life and civilisation were transformed by the great changes in industry, technology, and science. It looks at how production by hand changed to machine production and examines the change from the domestic system to the factory system, where goods were made by groups of workers in factories. It gives an insight into the new working and living conditions and also deals with the development of the means of communication, roads, railways, and canals.