This lesson traces the technological roots of the industrial revolution, looking at innovations in Chinese technology and then the "medieval industrial revolution" centered around waterwheels and windmills that took place in Europe in the High Middle Ages. It also looks at the Chinese water clock, how it spread to Europe and became the symbol of an emerging idea of a mechanistic universe. Finally it traces the development of steam power and its application to textile mills to set the stage for the industrial revolution in Britain.
In the PowerPoint, the color flowchart develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. There are also extensive photos with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. For the accompanying text, go to View then to Notes Page in slide one.
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