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Wind, Water, Work: Ancient And Medieval Milling Technology (Technology and Change in History) [Hardcover]

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This book is the most comprehensive empirical study to date of the social and technical aspects of milling during the ancient and medieval periods.

Drawing on the latest archaeological evidence and historical studies, the book examines the chronological development and technical details of handmills, beast mills, watermills and windmills from the first millennium BCE to c. 1500. It discusses the many and varied uses to which mills were turned in the civilisations of Rome, China, Islam and Europe, and the many types of mill that existed.

The book also includes comparative regional studies of the social and economic significance of milling, and tackles several important historiographical issues, such as whether technological stagnation was a characteristic of late Antiquity, whether there was an "industrial revolution" in the European Middle Ages based on waterpower, and how contemporary studies in the social shaping of technology can shed light on the study of pre-modern technology.

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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages   439
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2005
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004146490  
ISBN13  9789004146495  

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1Books > Subjects > History > Africa > Egypt > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > Egypt
3Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Egypt
4Books > Subjects > History > World > General
5Books > Subjects > History > World > Medieval
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Archaeology

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Scholarly Tome  Jul 19, 2008
This Scholarly Tome is the definitive reference on the topic of ancient and medieval milling technology... Well worth the money... enough said!

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