Case Of The Blast Furnace Essay

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case of the blast furnace, to skip every “intermediary step” that Britain had progressed through in the path to the most modern and efficient version of the technology (Allen, 149). In this sense, Britain put in the bulk of the work and investment into research and development to produce new inventions that led to the Industrial Revolution being British, while other countries could wait and later adapt technology when it suited the conditions imposed by their respective economic climates.
Another example of British inventive advancements overshadowing other countries is in the productivity rise underlying the success of the new draperies and textile production. Through the sixteenth century Italy produced fabrics made from woolen cloth and exported it around the European continent. The English had their success exporting “heavy broadcloths” (Allen, 109) and soon began to make the ‘new draperies’ along with the Dutch. This pursuit was so successful that the English imitations that were patterned after the Italian cloths were exported around Europe, driving the original “Italian producers out of business in the seventeenth century” (Allen, 109). By the start of the 1700s 40% of British woolen cloth production was exported and these fabric accounted for 74% of London’s exports (Allen, 109). This was a massive development for London as the capital where “one-quarter of the population was employed in shipping, port services or related activities” (Allen, 109) in the early…

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