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The Industrial Revolution in England The Industrial Revolution brought about a major change in the lives of almost all of the people of England The people of the working class benefitted from the Industrial Revolution In other words I am an optimist I think that the standard of living of the people increased However I also believe that many people of the working class lost their independence as a result of the revolution Greed did not increase over this time period because there was just as much greed before the Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution was a step forward for women because they wanted to be at home with their children The working class in England had a higher standard of living during the Industrial Revolution than before it started Living Standards The living standards of the working class of England improved during the Industrial Revolution At the start of the revolution from 1790 to 1815 prices and wages grew steeply At this point the prices were a little higher than the wages This was due to the war against France from 1793 to 1815 Was it just a coincidence that the prices were higher only during the time that the war was going on I do not believe that this was the case Prices tend to go up during wars After the war with France ended the prices went back down very sharply Wages did not decrease as much They went down marginally but not close to the sharp decline in prices For the bulk of the revolution wages were higher than the prices After the people of England had bought their necessities to live on they still had money left over because of the decrease in prices This constituted higher living standards because the people had more money to spend on things other than the necessities Pessimists argue that the chart from which
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