Monthly Archives: November 2018

Steam Engine Origins

The steam engine is an innovation that had lasting effects on the industrial revolution in Britain and the modern era. Utilizing the properties of steam, thermal energy could be converted to work in a system. However, it is important to consider how this idea resulted in what we all think about today: the Watt engine. […]

Ferguson “The Origin of the Steam Engine”

One of the most popular and heavily discussed historic inventions was the steam engine. However, the invention of the steam engine is mistakenly credited to James Watt. In reality, the development of the steam engine took place over many years and was approached by many people. Thomas Survey and Thomas Newcomen are two examples of …

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Comment on Gimpel Chapter 9: The End of an Era by Mary Irwin

Thank you for a succinct post! I also read your post before reading the chapter; it is flabbergasting that war was actually the cause of the collapse of Medieval society. The plague is certainly portrayed as being the cause, probably because people are fascinated by it (the same reason people watch scary movies/can’t look away from gross things, etc if you follow my train of thought). I also wonder what the correlation between the rampant disease and the wars was: the sheer number of casualties from both causes, even over a few centuries, would definitely upset any sort of balance in society. I also did not really grasp the extent of the wars during this time period until I realized that this was the era of the Hundred Years’ War. Once that was contextualized, it put into perspective what people at the time were living through, not just for one lifetime but also over the course of multiple generations.

Comment on Stearns – Population Growth. by jlegg


Nicely done here. I think you’ve really captured the material and have explained it quite clear. I appreciate the maps. If you would like more, check out this article on eighteenth century British population growth.