Q. 144.8( 5 Votes )

Explain giving four reasons why the industrialist of Europe preferred hand labour over machines during the 19th century.

Answer :

Reasons why industrialist preferred hand labour rather than machines and heavy equipment:


• The labour was available in large quantities thus it was cheap.


• The labour or the handwork was cheaper than the costly machines.


• The costly machines had huge investments which were not affordable by the industrialists, and they were more comfortable with hand labour.


• Machines had huge maintaining costs, and if they ever broke, it was tough or nearly impossible to repair them.


• Seasonal labour was used at certain times of the year as the machines could not be bought only for a seasonal purpose.


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