Mining in World History [electronic resource].
- London : Reaktion Books, 2004.
1 online resource (352 p.)
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- Mineral industries -- History. (search)
Mines and mineral resources -- History. (search)
Mining engineering -- History. (search)
Smelting -- History. (search)
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- This book deals with the history of mining and smelting from the Renaissance to the present. Martin Lynch opens with the invention, sometime before 1453, of a revolutionary technique for separating silver from copper. It was this invention which brought back to life the rich copper-silver mines of central Europe, in the process making brass cannon and silver coin available to the ambitious Habsburg emperors, thereby underpinning their quest for European domination. Lynch also discusses the Industrial Revolution and the far-reaching changes to mining and smelting brought about by the steam
- Mining in World History Cover; Imprint page; Contents; Preface; Prologue; 1. The Metallurgical Renaissance; 2. The Watt Engine; 3. New Frontiers; 4. The Copper Barons; 5. The Gold Factories; 6. Mass Production; Epilogue; References; List of Maps; Index
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