As the Industrial Revolution moved forward what do you see in the future- economically and politically -for Great Britain,Germany, and Belgium?Explain.Remember world political power is tied to...

As the Industrial Revolution moved forward what do you see in the future- economically and politically -for Great Britain,Germany, and Belgium?

Explain.Remember world political power is tied to economic power.In other words, wealthy nations control international markets and can also afford large armies, should they desire them.

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enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the side effects of Industrialization was (is?) the search for raw materials.  As a country or nation industrializes, those natural resources within its boundaries are heavily drawn on.  Additionally, labor costs may be higher to extract or process whatever resource there is; the same resource gotten from afar may cost less since labor costs are less. In short, countries that industrialized became great colonizers to secure a supply of raw materials to their manufacturing centers, usually found within the mother country.  To safeguard such resources, the mother country would establish a strong military. Nations turned into Empires. Eventually, the European powers began to clash over competing colonial claims; wars ensued, and finally the mother countries themselves fought each other in World War I.


readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you are speaking about the future as technology progresses. I think you also intimate a good answer. A lot of power is tied to finances. So, when England was booming in the 1800s it was a powerhouse militarily speaking. It also had a great world presence. When the 1900s came about, America came onto the scene. So, in a nutshell Europe had it heyday in the past. Money and power is moving eastward more and more. Think about it. America is the greatest debtor nation is the world and England is not far behind, whereas China is the greatest creditor nation in the world. In time, there will be a shift of power. This will apply to not only Great Britain, Germany and Belgium, but also many other western nations.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is kind of a weird question -- to ask students to predict stuff that already happened...

In the years after 1870, those three nations' fortunes diverged quite a bit.  Belgium's power declined, Germany's increased, Great Britain's remained the same.

I guess you could say that you should have seen that coming based on the size of the countries and their empires.  Belgium was much smaller and had very little empire, so its power was likely to decrease because its economic power would decrease relative to the others.  Germany had just unified and was now a large country.  Therefore, its power would increase.  Great Britain already had a large empire so it had no reason to lose power.