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History / Year 9 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the making of the modern world

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Curriculum content descriptions

the nature and significance of the Industrial Revolution and how it affected living and working conditions, including within Australia (ACOKFH016)

Elaborations
  • comparing the usefulness of artworks depicting life in the period with the first photographs
  • investigating the changing nature of the sources that provide a record of life in this period, such as paintings, travellers’ journals and the development of photography and film by 1918
ScOT terms

Industrialisation,  Living standards,  Working conditions,  Modern history

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