Modern World History: The Industrial Revolution in Britain
A revolution is a big change. The Industrial Revolution changed just about everything: where people live, how they work, how people meet their needs, how humans use natural resources, and what sort of things -- from computers to airplanes -- we have in our lives. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 1700s and spread to most of the rest of the world. As a result of the revolution, just about everything -- nails, paper, dishes, cell phones -- is made in factories (instead of in homes), by machines (instead of by hand), and using coal, oil, and electricity as a source of energy (instead of wind, water, and muscle power).