What are the steps to the rise of the industrial age?

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First, there is invention, as old processes are streamlined and new processes are discovered. Second, there has to be a good transportation network, first to get raw materials to the manufacturing site and manufactured goods out to the population. Communication comes third with the ability to gauge demand and adjust the marketplace. The result is more goods more easily made (once the infrastructure is in place) at a lower price. In history, a better way to make certain textiles began the process, then canals were built to deliver goods, then agricultural techniques were mechanized somewhat, metallurgy advanced and transportation became self-propelled via steam. All these elements combined and strengthened the process that we know as industrialization.

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