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Change and continuity were both features of pre-industrial society Discuss with reference to Britain Pre-industrial Britain was a period of gradual change in the way people lived and worked as well as a time when continuity of traditional values and beliefs persisted Many new technologies were been developed and put into practice due to new demands This began to revolutionise traditional forms of industry transport and government Different classes in society were given a fresh incentive to find new ways of practice which resulted in the birth of capitalism demanding innovation However much of this change was simply an unconstrained continuance much like a chain reaction one thing leading to another therefore not completely replacing established society The reorganisation of pre-industrial Britain was brought about by the combination of many different social economical climatic and technological facets Amidst these were the fast evolution of industry and machinery the advancement of transport population growth British colonisation and also importantly the fortunes of agriculture which in essence acted as a catalyst to the changes The good fortunes of climatic systems new machinery and the concept of capitalism made agriculture slowly begin to take a different form during the pre-industrial period People no longer only harvested enough food for their villages but began with the incentive of profit to start trading excess amounts of produce This was made possible for several different reasons The weather of the time was very unseasonal The regions climate had altered from a cold icy one to a more Mediterranean climate This meant that the crops could be grown better With the growing population and good weather conditions an increased demand for food occurred This necessity made people look for better ways of doing things and brought about many changes to agriculture An especially important change was that implemented by Jethro Tull He pioneered the wheeled seed drill that replaced the scattering of seeds by hand He also introduced the
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