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After the first appearance of industrialization in Britain many other nations joined in the industrial revolution In the 19th century the Industrial Revolution spread to the United States Germany France Belgium and much of the rest of western Europe Sometimes British workers and entrepreneurs moved to other countries and taught the manufacturing techniques they had learned in Britain Change happened somewhat differently in each setting because of varying resources political conditions and social and economic status In France industrial development was delayed by political turmoil and a lack of coal but the central government played a more active role in development than Britains had Craft production in which people make decorative objects by hand also remained a more significant element in the French economy than it did in Britain In Germany the central governments role was also greater than it had been in Great Britain This was partly because the German government wanted to hasten the process and catch up with British industrialization Germany used its rich iron and coal resources to develop heavy industry such as iron and steel manufacture It also proved to be an environment that encouraged big businesses and cooperation among large firms The German banking sector for example was dominated by a few large banks that coordinated efforts to increase industry In Russia the government made repeated efforts to enable industrialization sometimes hiring foreigners to build and operate whole factories On the whole however industrialization spread more slowly there and the Russian economy remained overwhelmingly agricultural for a long time Even in largely industrialized areas such as western Europe and the United States some areas lagged behind in industrial development Southern Italy Spain and the American South remained largely agrarian until much later than their neighbors In Asia industrialization varied although as a whole it came much later than Western European development In Japan the first industrial Asian nation the central government made industrialization a national goal during
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