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What do you see as the challenges and opportunities facing Britain in the 1780's?

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What do you see as the challenges and opportunities facing Britain in the 1780's? Plan Introduction Para1-opportunities Industrial rev Agricultural rev Population growth Para 2- challenges Antiquated electoral system Problems that Ind rev & agric rev bring Population problems? Class system Conclusion There is no doubt that the whole fabric of society was undergoing a series of massive changes that have part moulded the country we live in today and are therefore still extremely relevant today. The changes had mainly been triggered by the sharp rise in the population and the demands it place on the country, and within this great sweeping wave of change there were still some important areas that belonged to the middle of the previous century. These were the areas of challenges that needed to be modernised to keep up with the rest of the country. It is important to remember that although the following events are tackled individually in the following text they all relate and help to pull each other along, rather like individual threads in a woven blanket. From the mid 1750's birth rate had steadily increased as death rate fell mainly due to a decline in the great killer diseases that had previously been commonplace throughout the country resulting in an increasingly higher life expectancy. ...read more.


The industrial revolution is widely regarded to have begun in the 1750's and started to gather momentum by the 1780's. The industrial revolution was most marked in the textile industry with production centralised from single loom cottages to mass loam steam and water powered mills. With this production rose to meet the demands the population was placing upon the manufacturing sector. But the simple town market, the descendants of which can still be seen in St.ives, Huntingdon and Ramsey on a weekly basis, remained the centre of trade. By the mid 1780's the canal infrastructure in Britain was at its peaks. The motorways of Britain that carried all of the goods need for the growing centres of industry although most of Britain still relied on the horse drawn carriage. It would be another 50 years though until the slow speed of the canals was to be overcome with the beginning of the railways. Although the 1780's were at time of opportunity for the country as a whole there were many areas that seemed very antiquated. These areas I view as a challenge that society faced. ...read more.


Another challenge, depending at which point in the pyramid you were, facing Britain in the 1780's was the class system. Such a rigid class system placed power with the landed class and royalty. Movement between classes, a possible rise, was unheard off. Opportunities arose very much within the class you were in, the 80-90% who were in the lower class would not become doctors, and they were very much condemned to a life in a poorly paid manufacturing job. It was only with electoral reform to all males that this great majority's voice could possible be heard without something as drastic as revolution. This therefore made electoral reform a rather hot topic. In a conclusion I would say that great forces were working within Britain to change the country in a drastic fashion. But some areas became challenges to be tackled due to their slow reform in a country with sweeping peaceful 'revolution' in certain areas. It was important that these important social organs, such as democracy and government, were not allowed to fall behind or a Britain may find itself in a similar situation to France or America. ?? ?? ?? ?? Adam Wright 17th September 2002 ...read more.

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