Brianna York

What Was the Enclosure Movement?

The Enclosure Movement doesn’t sound like it would have made a significant difference to English society through a modern lens. After all, everyday people are used to fencing off the land, designating land as having owners, and dividing up property amongst citizens to use as they wish. However, before the Enclosure Movement, common-use land was …

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What Was the Factory System?

For those of us living today, it seems impossible that there was ever a time before factories produced all the goods we use in our daily lives.  In reality, the factory’s rise is relatively recent regarding the scope of human history. For much of human existence, people made goods and grew food. Only the very …

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What Was the Scramble for Africa?

Leading up to the first World War, many major world powers increased their colonial holdings worldwide. Then, in the late 1800s, many major world powers began to move into areas they had not colonized during the Age of Expansion.  This was partly fueled by the rise of the factory and the possibility of selling products …

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