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THE Industrial Revolution did not take place in a vacuum. The world went on around it, often oblivious to the chages that were taking place under its nose. It is only by being aware of this wider perspective that we can hope to understand the events of that great upheaval.

The French Revolution, for instance, began in the year that the first steam engine was installed in a Manchester cotton mill, and Fletcher Christian was leading the Mutiny on the Bounty.

As Nelson fought and died at the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805,

the Rochdale Canal was being completed and the first Salford factory was lit by gas.

We may be horrified as we read of early factory conditions, and squirm at the thought of what happened to children caught up in the machinery of the Industrial Revolution.

But it is only by seeing these things in the wider context of world events that we can hope to gain a fuller understanding of how and why they happened. Click on the time period you wish to study.

2017 | Admiral Nelson | Read about the Industrial Revolution