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5/10/10 European Economic History Medieval Technologies March 1, 2010 C. Shiue
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5/10/10 Middle Ages 500-1500 Dark Ages: 4th century to 9th century Greater chaos, violence Decline in government organization Medieval revival from ~1000-1500 Emergence of greater stability Appearance of new sources of technologies
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5/10/10 Energy technology Waterwheel—required a steady flow of water—but could be used for grinding grain, and other materials, making paper, sawing wood, moving bellows to power furnace. improved during the 7th to 10th centuries Windmill, 12th century. Efficiency of horses as draft animals
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Unformatted text preview: 5/10/10 Manufacturing Metallurgy Iron Age, from 1200 B.C. larger furnaces that could achieve higher temperatures to form cast iron (14th century) A consequence was Johann Gutenbergs invention of moveable type (1453), or the printing press. 5/10/10 Other inventions Paper, soap, butter, strong liquors, wheelbarrows, window glass, dyes, staining windows and many other minor inventions Practical inventions, private in nature, rather than the result of study and research Comparative level of technological...
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