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The Industrial Revolution was a major change in European history There were many technological advances that helped it move along and progress as much as it did The technological advances such as iron and coal led to many inventions that changed society drastically during the Industrial Revolution Before the Industrial Revolution took place in Europe there was a thing called the domestic system This was the yearly things that a family had to do to survive For example the father of a family would have his daughters and other siblings knit blankets make brooms Etc He would sell them each year and get supplies to make them for the next year This all changes when the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution took place The main things that were a huge part of the Industrial Revolution were iron and coal A major breakthrough of the two things occurred around 1709 in Coalbrookedale An english industrialist Abraham Darby successfully used coke Coke was a high carbon converted for of coalMicrosoft Encarta 99 He used coke to produce iron from iron ore Using coke did away with the need for charcoal which was much more expensive Around 1784 Englishman Henry Cort invented new ways of rolling raw iron Rolling iron was a finishing process that shapes iron into the desired shape or form Industrial Revolution Sterns pg 159 The advances in metal working were a big part of the Revolution They allowed iron to be used in many new ways such as building machinery Iron was also vital in the development of railroads which were a huge improvement in transportation Better transportation made it easier for society to become bigger and better These reforms of the Industrial Revolution worked together to transform the British economy Microsoft Encarta 99 One of the largest industries that took place in the industrial Revolution was the textile industry Before the new advances in textiles the spinning
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