The Industrial Revolution was the result of far-reaching economic changes in Great Britain and Europe. A. The expansion of international trade from the sixteenth century on greatly stabilized the European economy. B. Intense consumer activity and sound government institutions enabled mechanized labor to develop in Great Britain. C. A thriving cottage industry was able to successfully compete with the factory system. D. Canals in eighteenth-century Great Britain played a more important role than did railroads in increasing internal trade. E. British entrepreneurs invented a new system of banking that led to rapid economic growth. F. An increasingly efficient agricultural industry freed British workers for factory employment.