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  1. I.                   Britain’s Great Exhibition of 1851
    • a.      1851: British organized world’s first industrial fair in Kensington, London in Crystal Palace, an enormous structure made of glass and iron, a tribute to British engineering skills
    •                                                               i.      Contained 100,000 exhibits showing numerous products created by industrial Revolution
    • 1.      6 million visitors in 6 months
    • a.      Most Britons who traveled to London by train, but also foreigners 
  2. Great Exhibition
    •                                                               i.      Great Exhibition displayed Britain’s wealth to the world; symbol of British success
    •                                                             ii.      Even trees brought inside Crystal Palace as visible symbol of how Industrial Revolution had achieved human domination over nature
    • 1.      Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s hub, expressed sentiments of age when he described exhibition as sign that man is conquering nature to his use, as well as divine will
  3. Crystal Palace Exhibition
    • a.      Aside from demonstrating Britain’s enormous industrial growth, the Crystal Palace exhibition represented British imperial power
    •                                                               i.      Goods from India= highlight of exhibition, and East India Company drew attention to its role in India with exhibits of cotton, tea, and flax
  4. Display of Indian Things
    • 1.      But it was display of Indian silks, jewels, shawls, and an elephant canopy that captured the attention of the British press and visitors
    • 2.      Despite public interest to awesome works from India, many British commentators, were less complimentary
    • a.      Indian handmade goods typical of a system in which thousands worked for few despots
    •                                                                                                                                       i.      Moreover, these goods were examples of wasteful and ridiculous excess of labor
  5. By year of Great Exhibition
    • a.      By year of Great Exhibition, Great Britain had become the world’s first industrial nation and its wealthiest
    •                                                               i.      Produced ½ of world’s coal and manufactured goods; its cotton industry was equal in size to all other European industries combined
    • 1.      Quantity of goods produced growing at 3x rate of that in 1780
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