The Effects of Europe's Industrial Revolution
When an individual lives during what will later be
considered a "revolution," he or she often only experiences a few of
the notable changes for which the revolution will be known. Obviously, it is
difficult to see every perspective of change from just one place in a lengthy
and complex revolution. In this assignment, however, you will be challenged to
experience Europe's Industrial Revolution from the perspective of one
individual who will live through it all and who will understand the impact of
the revolution as it pertains to his role from the beginning to the end.
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To prepare for this Application:
Review pages 30-45 in The World Today: Concepts and Regions
in Geography (6th Ed) by de Blij, Muller & Nijman
Consider the diverse changes Europe experienced during the
Reflect on the experience of a peasant farmer during the
Industrial Revolution, and how the changing landscape of Europe might have
impacted him and his role
Compose a 2-page essay in which you trace the experience of
the peasant farmer during the Industrial Revolution. Be sure to analyze each of
the following characteristics:
What elements did England possess that made it a natural
starting point for the Industrial Revolution?
In which ways did the agricultural model of Europe have to
change to meet the growing populations in urban areas? How must the peasant
farmer react to continue to make a living?
How did trade evolve - specifically regarding the change in
exports and imports? How does this new trade impact the peasant farmer?
In which ways did the population experience change in
mobility and social freedom? What changes might the peasant farmer experience
as a result of this?