Medieval Technology and Social Change

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Oxford University Press, 1964 - Biography & Autobiography - 194 pages
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This study examines the role of technological innovation during the rise of social groups in the Middle Ages
  

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User Review  - Strel - Goodreads

This is one of the best books you will discover on the medieval world. It is a scholarly book; written by a scholar--likely, the reason why most people have never heard of it; never seek it out or ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Hodge - Goodreads

This is a fascinating introduction to what has been called the First Industrial Revolution. He lists changes in technology that effected social change: the horse stirrup he attributes to helping stop ... Read full review

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Contents

Stirrup Mounted Shock Combat Feudalism and Chivalry
1
I The Classic Theory of the Origins
2
II The Origin and Diffusion of the Stirrup
14
III Mounted Shock Combat and the Temper of Feudal Life
28
The Agricultural Revolution of the Early Middle Ages
39
I The Plough and the Manorial System
41
II The Discovery of HorsePower
57
III The ThreeField Rotation and Improved Nutrition
69
The Northward Shift of Europes Focus
76
The Medieval Exploration of Mechanical Power and Devices
79
II The Development of Machine Design
103
III The Concept of a Power Technology
129
NOTES
135
INDEX
179

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Lynn White is Founding Director of UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

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