A Short History of Technology from the Earliest Times to A.D. 1900, Part 1900
Until the publication of this book, historians had largely neglected the effects of technology on the course of human history. Political, economic, and social factors had long been taken into account, but technological advances were not studied in the context of the history of the ages in which they occurred. It remained for the authors of this readable, profusely illustrated survey to relate technological developments to the history of each epoch.
Chronologically, the text is divided into two parts, the first telling the story up to ca. A.D. 1750 — the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Britain — and the second continuing it up to 1900. The book begins with a general historical survey of ancient civilizations, then goes on to consider such topics as food production, metalworking, building construction, early sources of power, and the beginning of the chemical industry. The second and lengthier portion of the text focuses on the development of the steam engine, machine tools, modern transport, mining coal and metals, the rise of the modern chemical industry, textiles, the internal combustion engine, electricity, and more.
To help relate the technology to the age, each section is preceded by a historical introduction and the book concludes with a series of tables designed to show the interrelation of events names in the text. Profusely illustrated and brimming with factual data, A Short History of Technology will appeal equally to students, scholars, historians of technology, and general readers.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
GENERAL HISTORICAL SURVEY
THE PRODUCTION OF FOOD
PRODUCTION FOR DOMESTIC NEEDS
THE EXTRACTION AND WORKING OF METALS
EARLY SOURCES OF POWER
THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
COAL AND THE METALS
THE RISE OF THE MODERN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
POTTERY AND GLASS
THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE
THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY
MACHINETOOLS AND THEIR PRODUCTS
PRINTING PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE CINEMA
AGRICULTURE AND FOOD
TECHNOLOGICAL AND GENERAL HISTORY
achieved acid agriculture American American Civil War ancient became began Boulton & Watt bridge Britain British bronze building built canal cast cast-iron century B.C. chemical civilization clay coal construction continued copper cotton cylinder device earliest early East Egypt Egyptian eighteenth century electric empire engine England English established Europe example fire France French furnace Germany glass Greek growth heat important improved increased industrial revolution internal combustion engine introduced invention inventor iron Italy later Leblanc process London machine manufacture material ment Mesopotamia metal method Middle Ages mill millennium B.C. modern mould Neolithic Newcomen engine nineteenth century onwards original Paris patented period plate pottery practice problem produced railway result road Roman rubber ship spread steam steam-engine steel stone success sulphuric sulphuric acid supply textile tion tons trade water-wheel wheel wood wooden wrought iron