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Why did the industrial revolution begin in England and what factors led to the Great...

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alyd | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM via web

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Why did the industrial revolution begin in England and what factors led to the Great Divergence

I am struggling to come up with a thesis that links the two questions and I also am unsure of what to discuss in the essay, as it is only 2000 words.... Thank you!

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tjbrewer | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted August 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM (Answer #1)

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The industrial revolution began in England practically by accident.  It could have happened anywhere, but the necessities came together in England first. 

The Great divergence was an inevitability.  As noted, the industrial revolution could have come anywhere, and so it was impossible to keep it contained to just England.  Innovations with different resources were inevitable in other lands.  In addition, as England began to export the products of the Revolution, questions would be asked, "How did this get made?"  Eventually the questions would be answered with either inferences or leaks of innovations. 

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