British Industrial Revolution Analysis

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British attitudes towards America prior to the revolution (approximately 1760s) was ultimately sympathetic and supportive. Plumb begins by expressing how in Britain, “For nearly two decades every…Whig ministry rapidly followed another” (Plumb 71). He goes on describing the notions and criticisms of Lord North’s American policy, “Not until rebellion flared up…American policy had become widespread” (Plumb 71). He explores the attitudes in England further by mentioning, a “band of radicals” that formed who: “believed in a wider democratic franchise, toleration of religious belief and the rationalization of law and administration. They were irritated by anachronism” (Plumb 72).
Amongst the most powerful of radicals were the intellectuals
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In closing out the article, Plumb states “Of course traditional institutions were…saddled with its feudal past” (Plumb 87). Here, we see how revolution was fundamentally important. It was the major force behind pushing both America and Britain towards the future developments of their nations. The relationship between an industrial revolution and a political one in Britain and America is an almost overlapping/cause-and-effect relationships. He begins my stating how “Some…well-known (British) radicals…whose lavish patronage of liberal ideas helped to keep republican sentiment alive in the middle decades of the eighteenth century” (Plumb 73). Plumb continues by explaining the industrial relationship at hand “Of course, it is not…ally for the American cause” (Plumb 77-78) which, explored further, “was only partially due to…hands of the landowning classes” (Plumb 78). He explains how the political relationship affected trade, “The policy of successive ministries…turned itself into a European war” (Plumb …show more content…
He further describes how “War had inflamed the natural…working classes had to endure” (Plumb 80). Plumb states how events compared and affected America and England differently “In America event, however, strengthened…of action if not of ideas” (Plumb 81) which, proved otherwise in England, “Many British merchants feared not…by the call of war” (Plumb 81). And that, “In England war divided radicalism…support of America with sedition” (Plumb 81). Plumb compares how “Radicalism was becoming unpatriotic; what…opportunities, in England inhibited them” (Plumb 83). Plumb adds that “Here was no realization of…as well as change ministries” (Plumb 85). Finally, Plumb explains that “it should be stressed once…were guaranteed by their Constitution” (Plumb 87). The relationships between Britain and America, both in regards to an industrial and political revolution seem to show how the effect of the revolution in America ties in with the revolution, with the outcomes in America changing Britain’s revolutions and Britain’s revolutions changing

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