Industrialization at the Olympics

Welcome class of 2016! This blogs helps us connect topics and events we learn about in class to things that are happening in our world today. This summer London hosted the Olympic Games–a long tradition that we will be discussing the origins of at the end of term 2. At each games the host country puts on an Opening Ceremony, where the athletes parade into the stadium and the torch is lit. As part of the ceremony as well each host country puts on a show that describes their history, culture, and influence on the world. Watch this clip from the 2012 London Opening Ceremony:

In the comment section below write your thoughts on this production. You may answer one or more of the following questions, or note your own observations.

  • Why was the industrial revolution part of the games?
  • What message did the London Olympic Committee hope to send with this performance?
  • What images from the industrial revolution do you recognize?
  • What images or scenes do you think were missing that could have helped the London committee get their point across?

 

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34 thoughts on “Industrialization at the Olympics

  1. The industrial revolution was part of the games because it had started in England and they are proud of it. It describes a major part of their modern history and it influenced much, if not all, of the world today.

  2. The message the London Olympic Committee hoped to send with the games opener was that the Industrial Revolution was not an easy time for the country. They had to work hard to be were they are today.

  3. England put the Industrial Revoluton in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics because they were proud that it started in their own country.

  4. The industrial revolution was part of the games because England wanted the world to know that it was their country who began the industrialization of the world. It was their country who started this hard working revolution and they are proud to show it to the world.

  5. The Industrail Revolution was part of the games because the
    Industrial Revolution started in Great Britain (London). The Industrial Revolution was a lot of hard work and London wanted to show everyone the importance of the Industrial Revolution and how it shaped life today. The images of the Industrial Revolution that I recognize is the smokestacks and the metal workers.

  6. The industrial revolution was a part of the opening Olympics because its the start of a new age in England’s history.They wanted to show the world if we work hard we could make something great. The part were every one was a that line thing it reminded me of iron factory.The hard ship in the factory. but in the end it all worked out.

  7. The Industrial Revolution was part of the opening ceremonies because London, England was were it all began. They were trying to show how the Industrial Revolution has impacted England and the world today. I recognize blacksmiths and smokestacks in the show.

  8. The Industrial Revolution was apart of the Opening Ceremonies because London was proud to display all of their hard work. The revolution was the start of the new beginning and what would soon lead to the technology and discoveries of the future. Scenes that can be recognized but would be the factories, the tired looking and dirty people, all of the businessmen, and the hard labor put into working efforts like the people of Coalbrookdale. The Industrial Revolution is important to Great Britain and how it affects the world today.

  9. The Industrial Revolution was a part of the Olympic games because it started in England and spread across the world. The committee hoped to send the message that it was hard work to get the advancements we have today and they’ve come a long way. In the video they show water wheels, iron workers, steamships, and smokestacks which are all familiar and recognizable images from the Industrial Revolution. The music also added to the fact that the Industrial Revolution was always moving forward and it was very climactic. I think he committee captured the Industrial Revolution perfectly in the opening ceremony.

  10. The Industrial Revolution was a big part of the games because it started in England. I think the committee hoped to send the message that we’ve worked hard to get all the advancements we have today and all the hard work has paid off. In the ceremony they included smoke stacks, steamships, iron workers, and water wheels which are all recognizable images of the Industrial Revolution. Also, they included women in the background rioting and demanding rights. The music also goes well with the Industrial Revolution because it shows that it was always moving forward. I think the ceremony captured the Industrial Revolution perfectly.

  11. Some images from the industrial revolution that I recognize are the tugboats that are using steam. They showed these in the very beginning. The committee also showed parts of the factories. Many people were dressed as workers from the industrial revolution. Iron workers, housekkeepers, soldiers and it looked like citizens that were active in government were showed.

  12. The Industrial Revolution was part of the 2012 London Olympic Games because it was a major turning point in the history of London and the Great Britian area. The advances made in industry, technology, and thinking had a major impact on London’s history and culture, and continue to shape the world today. By displaying this performance, the London Olympic Committee was trying to send a message to people everywhere that the work done during the Industrial Revolution was very difficult and deserves recognition, for it impacted life for centuries. Some images from the Industrial Revolution that I recognized in the performance include the large smoke towers, the melting iron, and the clothing worn by people of that time period.

  13. One of the things i recognized were the outfits. The women were dressed like servants and the men were dressed according to their job.

  14. They put the Industrial Revolution in the Olympics because it started there in England. They were trying to show how the Industrial Revolution effects the world today.

  15. The Industrial Revolution was part of the Olympic Games because it began in Great Britain, and had a profound effect on the history of the country. I think the London Olympic Committee hoped to send the message that they were proud of the advancements their country had made and all the hard work that went into it.

  16. The Industrial Revolution was a part of the 2012 Olympics, because it showed the world what a difference it made on England. Some of the performances like large smokers gave good illustration to this. Things like technology and culture were changed, making England the way it is today.

  17. The Industrial Revolution was involved in the 2012 London Olympic Ceremony because London, England was the heart of the revolution where it all began. The things that were involved included the complex technology and advances that happend back in the 1800’s. They were proud to show how far they have come. In the video i recongized steam stacks, hard working metal workers, and blacksmiths. This opening ceremony displayed a wonderful meaning on the Industrial Revolution.

  18. The Industrial Revolution was part of the Olympic games ceremony because it was part of England’s past and culture. It showed how some people were very poor back then and had to work very hard for everything they had, and how many people were rich and didn’t have to do much. The London Olympic Committee wanted to show these things because it shows how far their continent has came and evolved and show everything that they had to go through in the past couple hundred years.

  19. The Industrial Revolution was included in the Opening Ceremony because it started in London England. The Industrial Revolution helped shape the world as it is today, without it our world would be completely different. It is through all the hard work that the technological and productivity advances happened. The London Olympic Committee included it as part of the show because they are proud of their hard work in helping create the world as we know it. Some images I recognized were the smoke stacks, the iron melting, and the factory workers.

  20. The Industrial Revolution was in Englands opening ceremony because they are proud to have started the industrial revolution.

  21. The Industrial Revolution was in Englands opening ceromony beacuase it started in Londond, England. Also they were proud to show what they did to help the world become what it is today. With out the Industrial Revolution the world ould be a much different place.

  22. What images from the industrial revolution do you recognize?

    I recognized many things from the video shown above. The steam powered tug boats, smoke pipes, and iron melters where just a few. I also recognized how the actors where dressed; some where dressed as regular workers, others soliders and citizens even a couple business men (one who looked and acted like he was the owner of the factory).

  23. London included the IR in the Opening Ceremonies because they were proud of their heritage. It showed the poor factory workers slave away to produce goods, and they showed the rich investors marveling at their business’s success. Although working conditions were not always favorable, the IR was a huge milestone in the human race, making it a key event in the Opening Ceremonies.

  24. The industrial revolution was part of the London Olympic Games because it started in England. The committee probably wanted to show a big part of their heritage and history to the world. Some recognizable features were the iron workers, smokestacks, and beard styles. They should have shown how the Industrial Revolution spread to other countries.

  25. The Industrial Revolution was part of the Olympic Games because the games were held in London, England, the birthplace of the Revolution. The people of England chose to put it in their ceremony because they are very proud of their past and they wanted to show everyone what a huge part of the modern world they are. Without the people and inventions of the revolution, the world we live in today would be very different and England wanted to show us all what it was like to get to where we are today.

  26. The Industrial Revolution was featured in the Opening Ceremonies of the games becuase it was a big part of England’s history and they are very proud to have taken part in such a big part of the world’s history. The Indutrial Revolution advanced England and made the world an easier place. England is very proud to have been at the heart and the beginnign of the Revolution because it is still effecting the world today. New inventions made industries grow, things became mechanized, and new ways of transportation were being made, none of which were easy. England wanted to show it’s history and that they were able to work through the diccficult times to help make this world a better place. The images that I recognize were the men and boys working on the iron pouring. Also, the smokestacks, steamboats, and clothing all stood out to me.

  27. The Industrial Revolution was part of the opening ceremonies because it represent how England revolutionized the modern world. It made life so much easier for everyone, and they wanted to remind everyone where it all started.

  28. the performance at the olypics icludes many simple and easily recognisable symbols of the industrial revolution. aside from the obvious pride they take in having such an impotant contribution to the modern world, a subtle message in the social and economic aspect of the time lies within the one character with the cigar. being the wealthies looking man there and not performing the working motions, it can be assumed that this man is a factory owner of some sort, and when he smiles it can be seen that he is the one recieving the most benefit from the others work. a good representation of the arguments between people such as marx.

  29. The ceremony included the industrial revolution to show the world that England had started it. Without them, none of the technology and other advancement would have been made today. London is proud that they were the people who started the major change that has created the modern world today. It was a major part of both their history and ours.

  30. The industrial revolution was included in the opening ceremony because without the industrial revolution England would not be what it is today.

  31. The Industrial Revolution was part of the Olmpic games because the first Industrial Revolution (1750-1850) started in Great Britain because of its strong goverment and economy, natural resources, and available work force.The british was very proud that the Industrail revoulution started in thier country, that is why it was included in the opening ceremony of the olympic games. Also, the Industrial Revolution has influenced the way of life and changed most of, and probablly the whole world. Since the Industrail Revolution had such a big impact on the world and started in Great Britain, it was included in the Olympics.

  32. The I.R. was part of the London Olympics because without it, some parts of the Olympics would not exist.

  33. The London Olympic Committee used the symbol of five rings to symbolize the unison of the five continents who participate in the games. The Industrial Revolution was a key part in showing how the world has evolved since that time period to now.

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