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(S2.E3.) Chapter 18: The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870

The Industrial Revolution. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. Click on the link in the right hand column to subscribe to the series through iTunes. You can listen to this individual episode by clicking on the following web link. Download file

The Beginnings of Modernization: Industrialization and Nationalism, 1800-1870. After the French Revolution had released the forces of change, they were hard to control in Europe and the rest of the world. In 1848 a series of revolutions swept across Europe, and while most of them failed, ultimately their goals would be achieved. Both Italy and Germany were forged into unified nations, and many western nations developed parliamentary systems with more representation. Nationalism spurred fierce rivalries that when combined with technological and military developments set the stage for potentially devastating conflicts. A second revolution also spread across Europe – the Industrial Revolution. The developments in technology and machinery would transform the lives of all parts of society. Some would achieve great material prosperity, while others would be subjected to de-humanizing working and living conditions.

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For more information on James Watt, visit http://level2.phys.strath.ac.uk/ScienceOnStreets/jameswatt.html
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