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The Resource Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel : technology and invention in the Middle Ages, Frances & Joseph Gies

Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel : technology and invention in the Middle Ages, Frances & Joseph Gies

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Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel : technology and invention in the Middle Ages
Title
Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel
Title remainder
technology and invention in the Middle Ages
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Frances & Joseph Gies
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Language
eng
Summary
In this account of Europe's rise to world leadership in technology, Frances and Joseph Gies make use of recent scholarship to destroy two time-honored myths. Myth One: that Europe's leap forward occurred suddenly in the "Renaissance," following centuries of medieval stagnation. Not so, say the Gieses: Early modern technology and experimental science were direct outgrowths of the decisive innovations of medieval Europe, in the tools and techniques of agriculture, craft industry, metallurgy, building construction, navigation, and war. Myth Two: that Europe achieved its primacy through "Western" superiority. On the contrary, the authors report, many of Europe's most important inventions - the horse harness, the stirrup, the magnetic compass, cotton and silk cultivation and manufacture, papermaking, firearms, "Arabic" numerals - had their origins outside Europe, in China, India, and Islam. The Gieses show how Europe synthesized its own innovations - the three-field system, water power in industry, the full-rigged ship, the putting-out system - into a powerful new combination of technology, economics, and politics. From the expansion of medieval man's capabilities, the voyage of Columbus with all its fateful consequences is seen as an inevitable product, while even the genius of Leonardo da Vinci emerges from the context of earlier and lesser-known dreamers and tinkerers. Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel is illustrated with more than 90 photographs and drawings. It is a Split Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club
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DLC
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Gies, Frances
Dewey number
609.4/09/02
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
T17
LC item number
.G54 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
609/.409/G455c
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Gies, Joseph
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  • Technology
  • Inventions
  • Science, Medieval
  • Technology
  • Inventions
  • Science, Medieval
  • Technology
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Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel : technology and invention in the Middle Ages, Frances & Joseph Gies
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-343) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Nimrod's Tower, Noah's Ark -- The triumphs and failures of ancient technology -- The not so Dark Ages: A.D. 500-900 -- The Asian connection -- The technology of the commercial revolution: 900-1200 -- The High Middle Ages: 1200-1400 -- Leonardo and Columbus: the end of the Middle Ages
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780060165901
Lccn
93014293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)28293398
  • (OCoLC)ocm28293398
  • 3194934
Label
Cathedral, forge, and waterwheel : technology and invention in the Middle Ages, Frances & Joseph Gies
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-343) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Nimrod's Tower, Noah's Ark -- The triumphs and failures of ancient technology -- The not so Dark Ages: A.D. 500-900 -- The Asian connection -- The technology of the commercial revolution: 900-1200 -- The High Middle Ages: 1200-1400 -- Leonardo and Columbus: the end of the Middle Ages
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
357 pages
Isbn
9780060165901
Lccn
93014293
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28293398
  • (OCoLC)ocm28293398
  • 3194934

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