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The reforms and conditions that brought about Industrialiazation led Britain to greatness, but also created new problems. Discuss.

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When Charles Dickens writes, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," he might as well be writing about Industrialization.  The idea here is that industrialization brought about much in way of fundamental good to England.  Wealth increased, profitability increased, cities began to develop.  The fundamental choice that individuals had in defining who they were and what they could be were all a part of this.  Yet, I also think that some of the fundamental challenges of the time period were brought about intrinsic to the Industrialization of England.  The massive proliferation of poor people as a result of the industrial revolution has to be seen as a new problem.  Income inequality and the closing of doors that resulted from it was a part of this condition of being.  At the same time, resource scarcity can be seen as another problem intrinsic to industrialization.  Malthus' argument of a geometric growth in population outpacing an arithmetic growth in agricultural resources contributed to more suffering and hurt within the industrialization time period in England.  On the whole, this has to be seen a fundamental problem.  Finally, the denial of workers' rights as part of industrialization in England contributes to another problem that must detract from its greatness.

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