The Enlightenment Age
The Enlightenment Age was a time of great conflict and influence. The era began when the Thirty Years War started. In 1618, the Protestants and the Roman Catholics in Germany had religious tensions that eventually led to the war. The war soon developed into a destructive battle between many countries in order to bring back peace in balance in Europe. As the war was going on, many people began realizing their own power. Many inventions and ideas bloomed during this era. With the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison, the invention of bifocals by Benjamin Franklin, and the invention of the thermometer by Daniel Fahrenheit, this time period proved to be the time of “enlightenment.” Roman and Greek empires and cultures had major influences on the architecture that arose during this time. Now, architecture here in the United States of America is still greatly influenced by the architecture that was around during the enlightenment era.
The Industrial Age
The Industrial Age started in Great Britain in 1760 and ended in 1945. Throughout this age people made the transition from physical labor to working with machinery. Many people consider this age to be the birthplace of many of the modern technologies we have today. Some of these inventions were the cotton gin, assembly line, the Ford T-Model, etc. The steam engine was also developed during this time by Thomas Savery. This invention allowed for steamboats and locomotives which made transportation much faster and more efficient. By the mid-19th century the industrial revolution had spread to continental Europe and North America. This time frame also included many significant wars throughout history such as WWI, WWII, and American Revolutionary War.