Jenny Truong


Thesis: From 1750 CE to 1914 CE, there was a growth of industrial revolution that sparked in western Europe and in Japan. Western Europe adopted to foreign ideas, which lead to Europe being first to industrialize. On the other hand, Japan tried to fence out the foreign influences and changes that may harm their economy. Seeing the improvements that have been made in Europe's economy, Japan was persuaded to industrialize as well. As a result, industrialization has helped Europe's and Japan's economy improve into a stronger nation and become more successful by introducing new technology to their society.


Western Europe's Causes of Industrial Revolution:
  • Areas like Britain industrialized first
  • Had large deposits of coal and iron
  • Aided by surrounding colonies that supplied them with supplies such as raw materials (cotton)
  • The government willingly adopted foreign ideas and wanted the economy to improve
    • Created strong navy
    • Protected British trade
  • Competition over resources and power
  • Wanted faster production


Early Phases of Industrial Revolution in Western Europe:
  • British textile industry changed
  • Use of machines for faster production and cheaper products
  • New inventions such as spinning machines and weaving machines
  • Improved technology changed how work in the society was being done
  • Home work to factory work
  • Better transportation and communication systems (had a steady transportation system)
  • Urbanization
  • Poverty and spread of diseases
  • Enclosure movement
Western Europe gained economic power from their factory systems.
Western Europe gained economic power from their factory systems.

New inventions such as the steam engine was developed to help aid in mechanical works in factories.
New inventions such as the steam engine was developed to help aid in mechanical works in factories.

















Japan's Causes of Industrial Revolution
  • Japan's government wanted industrial revolution because they have been isolated from foreign influence for quite awhile
    • their government was strong/powerful
      • sponsored
  • Pressured by the western countries that have improved
  • Wanted to have a stronger army
  • Commodore Perry (from U.S. Navy) opened up Japan to the world by sailing his warships into Japan

Early Phases of Industrial Revolution in Japan:
  • Sponsored the following type of industries:
    • mining industries
    • transportation industries (ship building)
  • Increase in population
  • Society becomes more sanitary and have better living conditions
    • Japan's economy improved
  • Opening of schools

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