Compare the political revolutions of the late 18th and 19th centuries with the Industrial Revolution occurring at the same time. Which was more significant for the development of the modern Western world, the political revolutions or the Industrial Revolution? Be sure to reference historical examples to support your analysis.

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I don't think you can definitively claim that either one of these two is more important than the other: both the political revolutions and the Industrial Revolution played a critical role in shaping modernity. The Industrial Revolution created the modern industrial economy and also played a critical role in shaping...

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I don't think you can definitively claim that either one of these two is more important than the other: both the political revolutions and the Industrial Revolution played a critical role in shaping modernity. The Industrial Revolution created the modern industrial economy and also played a critical role in shaping modern technology. The political revolutions beginning with the American Revolution and, perhaps more importantly, the French Revolution, shaped much of our modern political structures and expectations. Because of them we have the standard of modern democracy, and with it, the idea of equality under the law and modern nationalism. These all really emerged with the French Revolution. Political revolutions undermined traditional power structures.

In some respects, the two were complementary to one another. For example, consider how the Industrial Revolution created a new industrial class structure simultaneously to the political revolutions undermining traditional aristocratic structures.

At the same time, I'd suggest you keep in mind that the larger impacts of these moments in history could be more extensive than you might initially expect. For example, while it might be easy to view the Industrial Revolution primarily along socio-economic terms, there were powerful political dynamics at play as well. It shaped the history of imperialism and introduced the horrors of industrial warfare. In any case, whether you are writing about the Industrial Revolution, or the political revolutions, which began with the American and French Revolutions, and include revolutions spanning the first half of the nineteenth century, entire books have been written about these topics. They have both had a profound impact in shaping the course of history up to present day.

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