The Industrial Revolution
We find facts about the industrial revolution that is simply outlined. A summary of how it started in England leading to a more modern world. Inventions were followed by factories however such discoveries were not easily shared with the rest of the world. England wanted to keep its inventions and strong mind and production to itself by not allowing any of the workers to ever leave the country. The industrial revolution brought severe consequences to society. The factories growth required labour and the only way to have cheap labour was hiring children as young as 6 years and women. The factories profited from the production but society with cheap labour was below economic gain. The effects of unskilled and cheap labour was many of the children got sick from inhaling heavy fumes and some were killed working on dangerous machines. The machines were at a growth with production but the gains were not for the environment or the majority of people that were underprivileged in society. The article provides specific inventions and how these inventions were added to historical starting points. However the limitation was it gave specifics to the inventions but did not specify the effects of change although the inventions changed society and how people lived. It does not go in details to the environment effects to the revolution as a whole.
Blumer, Herbert. Industrialization As An Agent of Social Change - A Critical Analysis. New York: Walter De Gruyler, 1990. Print. David R. Maines Ser. Editor.
Industrialization as an Agent of Social Change
The book outlines complete author and editors' background to the writing. Although the author has his own perspective and analysis to social organizations, the manifestation of his views into the theory of industrialization process is different for different historical periods. Views state that industrialization are a function of the interpretive nature of human action and resembles a neutral framework within which groups interpret the meaning of industrial relations and the industrial sector must be viewed in terms of power relations. The book is useful as it focuses on what is factual and that is regardless of the methodology and theory used or preferred, namely that whatever is present in human society is the result of human activity. The author begins with his theory but relates it to how it reads into the environment changes and the effects on society. Production opened jobs with factories rising and inventions taking over many people's lives. However it was not done from a perspective of safety to our environment and our social living scale. Blumer's analysis of industrialization was limited based on that the points made by the author and the editors theoretical point of view not allowing for factual decisions or references. However it does allow for readers to debate bringing up further discussion and useful information to add to the perspective of industrial revolution.
Stalcup, Brenda. The Industrial Revolution. San Diego: Greenhaven, 2002. Print. Turning Points Ser.
The Industrial Revolution
The book has worthy primary source to the content and information. As it is part of many series with historical and revolutionary steps to where we are today. The book has useful outlines to briefing of the history of the industrial revolution setting a clear picture to what was the industrial revolution was about. It has useful contents that move you from the start of industrial revolution with Britain being the cause. Then spreading to Europe and Americans who were not sure of where to lead the country into industrialization or maintain their agricultural based economy. The book leads us into the birth of factories that altered the way people lived. The greater impact of immigrants moving into the United States for work looking for better life was another affect that added a burden to the cities and the country as a whole. The book clearly outlines the impact of industrialization and pollution making living in the urban cities unpleasant and unsafe. The book is well organized setting its phase from history to the beginning of industrialization to the impact on labour and the environment and to its impact on society of creating skilled labour. This book did not have much limitation to the topic of industrial revolution although more can be stated in regards to the effects of environment other than pollution and how society and the environment was not well thought out before increasing the inventions and factories that took over more land and limited the agriculture of our society.