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Why did some industrialists in nineteenth-century Europe prefer hand labour over machines?

Social Studies - India and the Contemporary World II Chapter _ The Age of Industrialisation


Some industrialists in 19th century Europe prefer hand labour over machines due to the following reasons:
a. Machines were costly, ineffective, difficult to repair, and needed huge capital investments.

b. Labour was available at low wages at that period of time.

c. In seasonal industries only seasonal labour was required.

d. Market demands of variety of designs and colour and specific type could not be fulfilled by machine made clothes. Intricate designs and colours could be done by human-skills only.

e. In Victorian age, the aristocrats and other upper class people preferred articles made by hand only.
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