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A Short History of Technology: From the Earliest Times to A.D. 1900

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

**** A very competent (and ridiculously low-priced) reprint of the Oxford U. Press abridgement of 1961--which is endorsed by BCL3.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Highly readable, profusely illustrated survey relates technology to history of every age: food production, metalworking, mining, steam power, transportation, electricity, and much more. 354 black-and-white illustrations. 1961 edition.

Synopsis:

Chronologically, this text is divided into two parts. The first examines the development of technology up to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The second continues the story to 1900. Each section is preceded by an historical introduction, and the book concludes with a series of tables designed to show the interrelation of events named in the text. Profusely illustrated.

Synopsis:

Highly readable survey relates technology to historical epochs from earliest times to the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and from mid-18th century to beginning of the 20th century. Food production, metalworking, building construction, early sources of power, development of steam engine, mining, internal combustion machines, electricity, and more. 354 black-and-white illustrations. 1961 edition.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [750]-758) and indexes.

Table of Contents

PART I FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO A.D. 1750

I. GENERAL HISTORICAL SURVEY

    Man before civilization

    Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations

    The rise of Greece and Rome

    The Roman Empire

    The earlier Middle Ages

    The later Middle Ages

    The Renaissance

    The emergence of the modern world

2. THE PRODUCTION OF FOOD

    Domestication of animals

    Origins of agriculture

    Irrigation

    Growth of tillage in Europe

    Preparation of food and drink

    Fisheries

    Effects of the geographical discoveries

    "Progress of agriculture, c. A.D. I500-I750"

    Land reclamation

3. PRODUCTION FOR DOMESTIC NEEDS

    Early pottery

    Early textiles

    "Ivory, wood, leather, glass"

    The contribution of the Greek and Roman world

    The Middle Ages

    Medieval textiles and leather-work

    Furniture

    Textiles and glass

4. THE EXTRACTION AND WORKING OF METALS

    The earliest use of metals: the Bronze Age

    The early Iron Age of Greece and Rome

    Metal-working in the Middle Ages

    Extension of the use of metals

    Further developments of the iron industry

    Armaments

    Instrument-making

5. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

    The early empires

    Greek and Roman building

    The Middle Ages

    Building from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century

6. TRANSPORT

    Beginnings: the wheel and the horse

    The Graeco-Roman period

    Transport in the Middle Ages

    The period of the great geographical discoveries

    Development from I600 to I750

7. COMMUNICATION AND RECORD

    Speech and record

    Measurement

    Cartography

    Paper

    Origins of printing

    "Developments, I500-I750"

8. EARLY SOURCES OF POWER

    Man and animal power

    The water-wheel

    The windmill

9. THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

    The chemical industry in ancient times

    Chemistry and the textile industry

    The manufacture of gunpowder

    The alchemists and the iatrochemists

    The beginning of modern chemistry

PART II THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO A.D. 1900

10. HISTORICAL SURVEY (I750-I900)

    General Introduction

    "The quickening tempo of industry, I750-92"

    "The period of the great French wars, I792-I8I5"

    "From Waterloo to the Great Exhibition, I815-5I"

    "The period of nationalist wars, I85I-7I"

    "The age of materialism, I87I-I900"

II. THE STEAM-ENGINE

    Introduction

    Pioneers of the steam-engine

    Watt and Trevithick

    The steam-engine applied to transport

    Locomotives and stationary steam-engines

    Later development of the steam-engine

    Steam-turbines

    The theoretical background

I2. MACHINE-TOOLS AND THEIR PRODUCTS

    Introduction

    Growth of precision work

    The succession of pioneers

    The 'American System'

    "Further developments, I850-I900"

I3. MODERN TRANSPORT

    The last era of sail

    The era of iron and steel steamships

    The growth of railways

    The road-steamer and the bicycle

    The early motor-car

    Initiation of the conquest of the air

I4. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: REQUIREMENTS OF URBAN COMMUNITIES

    The civil engineer

    "Building materials, I750-I850"

    Furniture

    "New uses of wrought iron, steel, and concrete"

    Improvement of water-supply

    Drainage and sanitation

I5. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSPORT

    Road-making

    Canals and river-improvements

    Railways: the permanent way

    Bridges

    Tunnels

    Land works facilitating sea traffic

I6. COAL AND THE METALS

    Coal-mining

    Cast and wrought iron

    The coming of cheap steel

    "Exploitation of non-ferrous metals, I750-I900"

    New metal products

    Armaments

I7. "NEW MATERIALS: COAL-GAS, PETROLEUM, AND RUBBER"

    Origins of gas-lighting

    The gas age

    Early exploitation of bituminous deposits

    The oil-well industry

    Early rubber manufacture

    Vulcanization and wider uses of rubber

    Plantation rubber

I8. THE RISE OF THE MODERN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY

    The chemical industry and the industrial revolution

    "Later developments in the manufacture of soda and sulphuric acid, I830-I900"

    Synthetic dyes

    Explosives

    Some electrochemical processes

    Artificial fertilizers

    "Other developments, I830-I900"

    Some chemical contributions to medicine

I9. TEXTILES

    "Spinning-machinery, I760-I850"

    Improvements in weaving

    "Spread of textile machinery, to I850"

    Hoisery and lace-making

    The sewing machine

    "The textile industries, I850-I900"

20. POTTERY AND GLASS

    The pottery industry in the eighteenth century

    Nineteenth-century developments

    Progress of glass-making

    Glass-making

2I. THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

    Introduction

    Gas-engines

    Oil-engines

    Petrol-engines

    Conclusion

22. THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY

    Historical Introduction

    The generation of electricity

    Distribution

    Telegraphy and telephony

    Electric lighting

    The electric-motor

23. "PRINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND THE CINEMA"

    The casting and setting of type

    The typewriter

    The modern printing-press

    "Paper-making, binding, and illustrating"

    Early history of photography

    Photography for the amateur and the illustrator

    Development of cinematography

24. AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

    Agriculture: the implements

    Agriculture: the products

    "Agriculture: world changes, I850-I900"

    Food management: fish supplies and whaling

    Processing and preservation of food

    Canning and refrigeration

25. EPILOGUE: TECHNOLOGICAL AND GENERAL HISTORY

  CHRONOLOGICAL TABLES

  BIBLIOGRAPHY

  INDEX OF SUBJECTS

  INDEX OF PERSONS AND PLACE-NAMES

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486274720
With:
Williams, Trevor I.
Author:
Williams, Trevor I.
Author:
Derry, T. K.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - Civil
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
Technology -- History.
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Civil
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Applied Sciences
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 21
Publication Date:
19930331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
782
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.9 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Highly readable, profusely illustrated survey relates technology to history of every age: food production, metalworking, mining, steam power, transportation, electricity, and much more. 354 black-and-white illustrations. 1961 edition.
"Synopsis" by , Chronologically, this text is divided into two parts. The first examines the development of technology up to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The second continues the story to 1900. Each section is preceded by an historical introduction, and the book concludes with a series of tables designed to show the interrelation of events named in the text. Profusely illustrated.
"Synopsis" by ,
Highly readable survey relates technology to historical epochs from earliest times to the onset of the Industrial Revolution, and from mid-18th century to beginning of the 20th century. Food production, metalworking, building construction, early sources of power, development of steam engine, mining, internal combustion machines, electricity, and more. 354 black-and-white illustrations. 1961 edition.

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