Broadsheet: Cholera and Water , 1866,Wellcome Collection,,

What were the results of the Industrial Revolution? How was technology and the environment transformed by industrialization?

Download Primary Source Set: Cholera

This source set supports a case study of the effects of the Industrial Revolution. It treats industrialization and imperialism as two interconnected developments, with primary sources from both the metropole, London, and the colony of India. The case study of cholera highlights the multiple results of industrialization and urbanization, such as sanitation issues and the divide between rich and poor. Advances in technology and knowledge during the period vastly improved medical treatment for cholera, which was in turn a justification for imperial control over India and an impetus for increased state control.