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At the end of the 18th century a revolution in energy and industry began in England and spread rapidly all around Europe later in the 19th century bringing about dramatic and radical change A significant impact of the Industrial Revolution was that on urban society The population of towns grew vastly because economic advantage entailed that the new factories and offices be situated in the cities The outlook of the city and urban life in general were profoundly modified and altered Modern industry created factory owners and capitalists who strengthened the wealth and size of the middle class Beside the expansion of the bourgeoisie the age of industrialization saw the emergence of a new urban proletariat - the working class The life of this new group and its relations with the middle class are controversial issues to modern history Some believe that the Industrial Revolution inevitably caused much human misery and affliction Other historians profess that Industrialization brought economic improvement for the laboring classes Both conclusions should be qualified to a certain extent Economic growth does not mean more happiness Given the contemporary stories by people at that time life in the early urban society seems to have been more somber than historians are usually prow to describe it No generalities about natural law or inevitable development can blind us to the fact that the progress in which we believe has been won at the expense of much injustice and wrong which was not inevitable Still I believe that industry was a salvation from a rapid population growth and immense poverty Furthermore by the end of the 19th century the appearance of European cities and life in them had evolved and change for the better Industrialization was preceded and accompanied by rapid population growth which began in Europe after 1720 People had serious difficulty providing their subsistence by simply growing their food There was widespread poverty and underemployment Moreover the need for workers in the
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