The Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution was a period of great change. Machinery was developed rapidly, leading to changes in the way that manufacturing functioned. As industry changed, society adapted. There was a shift from a predominantly agricultural society to one in which industry and urban areas dominated. Towns and cities grew quickly around the mills, factories and mines that developed. This brought many challenges as rapidly constructed housing was often inadequate. Whilst conditions were often extremely hard for workers, the Industrial age was one in which trade prospered and the major nations developed rapidly.