Source: Rioux, J-P (1989) La revolution industrielle 1780-1880, Paris:
Editions du Seuil.
Power Generated by Steam Machines, Europe, 1840-1888
Steam power represents the first massive attempt to mechanize work
as the steam engine provided adaptability; it could be used as a pump,
an engine (locomotives) or a mechanical power source. It thus represents
a first hand indicator of a transition towards an industrial society
where work is increasingly mechanized. Mechanization initially began
in Great Britain, but the technology quickly diffused to neighboring
countries. By the late 19th century, several European countries had
established a solid industrial base.