Why did technological changes occur slowly in Britain in early 19th century? Explain.
TECHNOLOGICAL changes occurred slowly in Britain in slow pace due to the following
- New technology was expensive, merchants and industrialists were cautious about using them. For example, at the beginning of the 19,h century, there were only 321 steam engines. There were no buyers for steam engines for years.
- The machines often broke down and repair was costly.
- The machines were not as effective as their inventors and manufacturers claimed.
- Machines were oriented to produce uniform, standardised goods for a mass market. But the demand in the market was often for the goods with interactive design and specific shapes, which required human skills not the mechanical technology. At that time, the upper classes preferred things produced by hand.