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Since the dawn of creation all goods were constructed by hand It was a drastic shift from simple hand tools to power machinery that changed the world forever This radical change came to be known as the Industrial Revolutionfor it had an astounding affect on the economic political and social spheres of the nineteenth centuryBefore the eighteenth century England was primarily an agrarian society Though some were wealthy landholders the majority of Englishmen were impoverished For the most part life revolved around the agricultural process of planting cultivating harvesting and processing the harvest Despite the inherent difficulties of this lifestyle this routine seldom changed between generations and provided a sense of stability Once the Enclosure Act was passed the small landowners were forced to give up their land With Enclosure all land owners had to pay a flat tax on their land and were required to have their land fenced and surveyed Since only large landowners were able to afford the expenses most of the people migrated to the cities were the conditions were disastrous Before the Industrial Revolution rural workers constantly lived with the fear of crop failure If there was a food shortage they were the first to suffer and in famine they were the first to die Tierney 197 Yet death from starvation was uncommon Instead malnutrition imposed from a balanced diet was widespread This of course led to the inability of peasants to fight diseases and thus epidemics ensuedThe Industrial Revolution was the mediator of the problems in the cities At the start of the revolutions 1790 to 1815 prices and especially wages grew steeply Due to the Seven Years War with France the prices steadily rose but to counter it the wages also rose After the war with France ended the prices went back down very sharply while the wages seemingly remained constant But before the end of the war as Professor Silberling has shown industrial wages in England caught
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