United States | 09/06/2014
The industrial revolution had a profound effect on the socio-economic conditions across the world in the 18th and 19th centuries. The movement from hand tools to machines in the textiles industry drove a huge increase in productivity and output. This was followed by the introduction of canals and railways which helped to distribute these goods at record pace. Using steam and coal for power coupled with innovation around manufacturing machines brought the revolution to new industries and the early 19th century positively exploded with productivity.