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Revised Short Research Paper – Greek Fire: A Dangerous Weapon and Mysterious Secret

Ancient technologies rarely avoid complete dissections and explanations by modern historians or scientists; however, Greek fire continues to baffle today’s great minds despite its impacts on Greek warfare. The mystery lives due to the jealous attempt by the Byzantine empire to keep the weapon from opposing militaries (Heydt 46). Historians credit a Byzantine Greek architect …

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Summary of the Chapter “The Emergence of Big Business” in Mansel Blackford’s Business Enterprise in American History

Mansel Blackford attempts to express the important roles railroads fulfilled before and during the rise of big business in the United States in this chapter.  He claims that railroad companies fore-fronted big business and bureaucracy because of the unprecedented amount of capital they required to operate and the precise organization needed to run the complex, …

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Summary of the Chapter “Early Foundations” in David Lewis’ Iron and Steel in America

David Lewis seeks to elucidate the importance of iron replacing wood as the dominant material for a whole sleuth of technologies early Americans used daily even though the practice was brought over from Europe. The world’s tools and machines were mainly made from wood before the implementation of iron which directly juxtaposes most societies that …

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Summary of Karen Fisk’s “Arkwright: Cotton King or Spin Doctor?”

Karen Fisk seeks to determine the validity of some of Sir Richard Arkwright’s titles such as ‘father of the factory system’ or ‘Cotton King’ in her magazine article, “Arkwright: Cotton King  or Spin Doctor?” that was published in History Today in 1998. Richard Arkwright was an English barber turned inventor/entrepreneur during the early years of …

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Comment on Boulton Letter (Steam Engine) by jascarbro

Jacob,
This is a fair summary and analysis of Matthew Boulton’s letter to Erasmus Darwin. The letter itself is extremely short with a topic that doesn’t allow for expanded commentary, so I enjoyed watching the linked YouTube video and reading the linked article. I felt both provided some interesting information to go along with the letter, and I found reading about James Watt’s colored life story intriguing. You know you’ve made it big when you make 76,000 euros from just having your name associated with something and you have a unit of measurement named after you. I suppose he never had the luxury of knowing his last named was adopted as a unit of power though. Anyways, I do not know if I’d allocate the first steam engine to Thomas Savery. There were certainty machines that preceded his more popular attempt. Nevertheless, I think it is safe to state Watt’s machine was the most memorable and most transforming steam engine up until its conception.