In the reading, “Arkwright: Cotton King or Spin Doctor?” Karen Fisk looks critically upon Richard Arkwright’s influence on the textile industry, as well as the evolution of the industry itself.
In the guided reading by Peter N. Stearns, titled “Population growth”; Stearns talks about why he believes that the great expansion of population was a “disruptive force” in Europe during the 18th century. But, before we explain how it was a “disruptive force”, lets examine what caused this massive growth.
In this reading, Reynolds talks about Water power and its role in the industrial revolution, starting in medieval times. He starts out by describing different rudimentary water wheels, for example vertical undershot wheels, vertical overshot wheels, and horizontal wheels. Although these wheels were developed far before medieval times; they didn’t become widely used until the 11th century.
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