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How did the forces of change influence political, ecnomic, and social systems?
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How did he forces of change influence political, economic, and social systems during the Industrial Revolution?

  • China
  • India
  • Mexico
  • South Africa

Industrial Revolution (click on this link to read an article from the Encyclopædia Britannica)


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    Industrialism Characteristics

    • manufacturing more widespread than agriculture
    • need for new markets to sell goods
    • complex financial system develops
    • machines replace human labor
    • poor, working class grows and a middle class emerges

    Democratic Ideals

    • citizen participation in government
    • constitutional, representative government
    • limited government and rule of law
    • equal opportunity and protected rights
    • right to petition
    • labor unions fight for equal rights, power


    • faster, more efficient methods and technologies
    • ideas influence global changes
    • cultural diffusion occurs
    • interaction through trade


    • loyalty to the nation-state is more important than ethnic group, village, or region
    • may lead to military and economic competition with others (imperialism)
    • may lead to ethnocentrism and rejection of different cultures
    • may unite a society when faced with foreign domination
    • religion may play a strong role in nationalism 

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      • "Democratic Ideals" ("power of the people"; certain rights and freedoms)
      • Industrialism ("market-based economy"; machinery; production; "goods and services")
      • Nationalism ("shared identity"; "common identity")
      • Communication (exchange information OR beliefs OR culture; individuals; societies)  

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