Imperialism, Colonialism, and the Industrial Revolution



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Recommended Resource


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Topic B: Industrial Revolution and Imperialism 
What economic and technological changes occurred during the Industrial Revolution? What changes did the middle class experience as a result of the Industrial Revolution? What changes did the working class experience as a result of the revolution? How did the revolution impact other parts of the world? What improved as a result of the revolution? What got worse?

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