Day the World Took off: The Roots of the Industrial Revolution

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"The Day The World Took Off goes back 100 years, then 250, 500, 1,000 and finally 10,000 years, to examine the roots of technological development." "To understand how technology evolves, and why it transforms some parts of the world and not others, requires a long-term view of world history that extends well beyond the last two centuries. This book takes the reader on a dizzying global journey through history in an attempt to identify the critical conditions that caused some civilizations to flourish and others to atrophy. Using diaries and first-hand accounts, as well as drawing on the latest academic research, it comes up with some surprising answers."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780752218700
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
The Historians 8
Ch. 1 The Iron Horse 10
One day
Time: 15 September 1830
Place: Liverpool and Manchester
Ch. 2 Wheeling and Dealing 38
100 years
Time: 1730-1830
Place: Meissen - Paris - Coalbrookedale - London
Ch. 3 Ships of Fortune 70
250 years
Time: 1600-1850
Place: Western Europe - North America - The Ottoman Empire
Ch. 4 The Heavenly Machine 98
500 years
Time: 1350-1850
Place: Europe and Asia
Ch. 5 War and Peace 128
10,000 years
Time: 900-1900
Place: Europe - Asia - North America
Ch. 6 Animal Farm 158
10,000 years
Time: 8000 BC-AD 2000
Place: The World
Further Reading 188
Acknowledgements 189
Index 190
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