The West 1850-1871

History of the West 1850-1871

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The history of the West 1850-1871 saw Britain’s victory in the Napoleonic Wars bring reinvigoration of the British Empire. At the same time, the United States grew even more rapidly. With this, Anglicanism became established as the West’s religion and English as its dominant language as Great Britain and the United States grew to dominate global culture.

The steam engine, fueled by coal, proved itself the engine of the Industrial Revolution and its seemingly limitless economic growth. As the British said, “Steam is an Englishman.” Indeed, it powered locomotives that transported people and freight faster than ever before. While enormous volumes of goods were produced in factories, where work conditions were usually dangerous and dehumanizing, wages were pitiable, and entire families (including small children) were forced to work. This led to some reform by the mid-19th century, but the economic model of mercantilism was replaced by capitalism and the big corporations whose profit motive made little allowance for the well-being of their workers.

New ideologies arose as a reaction to the inhumane excesses of the Industrial Revolution. Speaking to that, the Luddites opposed machinery, fearing its harm to the common good, and socialists supported the elimination of private property and the sharing of the copious industrial wealth of the age. While the nobility still occupied the top of the social ladder, along with capitalists and educated professionals, the industrial workers remained at the bottom. Their plight was mitigated only by the rise of unions to fight for better wages and rights. Notwithstanding these changes, Western society remaining mostly agrarian and backward.

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Index

1850-1871 Index | Culture: ArtLiteratureMusicScience and TechnologyMedicine | Power: Ideology | Economy | Austria | Canada | England: Power | France: Power | Germany: Power : PolitiesWar | Italy: PowerUnification | Russia: Power


history of the West 1850-1871

The West 1850-1871: Index

history of the West 1850-1871 | culture

Culture

history of the West 1850-1871 | art

Culture: Art

history of the West 1850-1871 | literature

Culture: Literature

history of the West 1850-1871 | music

Culture: Music

history of the West 1850-1871 | science and technology

Culture: Science and Technology

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history of the West 1850-1871 | evolution

Science and Technology: Evolution

history of the West 1850-1871 | medicine

Science and Technology: Medicine

history of the West 1850-1871 | power

Power

history of the West 1850-1871 | ideology

Power: Ideology

history of the West 1850-1871 | economy

Economy

Austria 1850-1871

Austria

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Canada 1850-1871

Canada

England 1850-1871

England

history of the West 1850-1871 | England | power

England: Power

France 1850-1871

France

history of the West 1850-1871 | France | power

France: Power

Germany 1850-1871

Germany

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history of the West 1850-1871 | Germany | power

Germany: Power

history of the West 1850-1871 | Germany | polities

Germany: Power: Polities

history of the West 1850-1871 | Germany | war

Germany: Power: War

Italy 1850-1871

Italy

history of the West 1850-1871 | Italy | power

Italy: Power

history of the West 1850-1871 | Italy | unification

Italy: Unification

Russia 1850-1871

Russia


history of the West 1850-1871 | Russia | power

Russia: Power

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