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Accident in a machine factory
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

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Industrialisation: the route to a modern society

Industrialisation in Germany began in the early 19th century and with the building of the railways from the 1830s, more and more goods were produced and transported by machine.

By the middle of the 19th century Germany was becoming an industrialised state.

The German Empire was increasingly integrated in the world economy (exemplified by Germany’s funding and engineering of the Baghdad Railway from the 1900s), and its exports rose. By 1900 its economy was the largets in Europe.