September 25, 2007

September 25, 2007 - Medieval Manufacturing and Technology...

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Medieval Manufacturing and Technology Manufacturing Sector o Agriculture was the most important sector of the medieval economy o Manufacturing would be come a significant and growing sector, even if it was not the most important Technology o Medieval men and woman DID seek out innovations o Medieval technology matched the early Roman empire and even surpassed it o Some scholars even dreamed of mechanical cities (Roger Bacon of 13 th Century) Believed that society needed to pay more attention to science “Through the study and application of science, humans would be able to gain power over the natural world” o What drove the creation and adoption of technological advances in the Middle Ages? Entrepreneurs: Wanted increase production and profits Consumer: Merchants and artisans wanted the best tools Elite of Western Europe wanted luxury goods Cities or regions: Seeking technology to obtain or maintain control over industries Changes in nature of labour: Cheap labour from slaves and servants now gone Required labour saving devices Changes in the view of the environment:
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