Industrialization was obviously not confined to the British Isle, though it is generally agreed that the period specifically referred to as the First Industrial Revolution, which is the focal point of this site, did indeed occur there. Nevertheless, industrialization gradually spread throughout the world. Depending on their political, social, economic, and geographic situations, different regions of the globe industrialized at different rates and different times chronologically. In some regions, industry did not develop or was introduced by colonists and did not have a significant enough effect on other aspects of the region's existence to constitute a revolution. However, industry has some place in areas thoughout the world today. Whether large or small, positive or negative in its effects, it is necessary to recognize the global scope of the movement that ultimately forged greater technological, social, and cultural connections between the people of the world.
Taking its cue from England , the rest of the world began to industrialize rapidly after the turn of the nineteenth century. This occurred in patches, as various economic climates, social structures, and the all-important availability of natural resources varied the degree to which an area of the globe could industrialize.