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Revised Nanban Armor Paper

Nanban: Japan’s European Armor Japan has had a strong impact on Western societies, but the opposite is also true. Japanese technology changed forever at the end of the 16th century. Japanese armor smiths created a new type of armor, called nanban, in order to mix Japanese armor mobility and European bullet-proofing. Tokugawa Ieyasu introduced nanban …

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Sticks and Stones (Research Paper)

  Nothing sounds more Roman than hurling a 3ft bolt through the chests of several enemy soldiers at once (Kinard). The screams of pain indicate the culprit of the carnage, the ballista. The ballista made its way onto the battlefield near the first century AD and changed the landscape of war history to come (Penta, …

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Ancient Technologies Against Soil Erosion: Terracing’s Legacy

Since its beginning more than 10,000 years ago, agriculture has created intense ecological damage. Some argue that soil degradation trumps all other human-induced impacts on our landscape. Plowing and planting significantly impacts the fertility and structure of soil. The plowing of land creates soil that helps crop grow, but water and wind easily carries away …

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Astrolabe Research

The Astrolabe: Using the Stars to Explore the Earth The astrolabe, which means star taker in Greek, is a scientific instrument to make observations and calculations. Because early man recognized that stars moved in patterns and could be used to determine dates, times, and celestial events, travelers developed tools such as the astrolabe, which utilized …

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Essay Revision- The Guillotine: How One Machine Painted France Red

By: Kayla Hinds Dr. Joseph Ignace Guillotin stood among his colleagues at the National Assembly on June 20th, 1789. He had one proposal: reform capital punishment (also known as the death penalty) by machinery. Originally, the Assembly rejected his proposal; however, with the later support of Charles-Henri Sanson and Dr. Antoine Louis in 1792, Dr.…

Revision on Research Paper about Toilets

  Toilet, and its Humble Beginnings Key technologies, such as toilets are responsible for much of the progress in health and innovation. But how does such a simple concept alter the view of how a modern society should operate? Settled agriculture is and always will be the basis of a sophisticated civilization is the key …

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Revised Short Research Paper on Perfumes in Medieval Middle East

Perfume in Medieval Middle East Perfume serves as an excellent example of a technology that did not maintain any great necessary for daily business, since it did not contribute to a growth in agriculture or anything that would have had a utilitarian purpose. However, it held great cultural significance in the societies it existed in, …

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A Ballistic Revolution For The Greeks

Nathaniel Dekin Richard Hirsh History of Technology October 13, 2018 Siege warfare in the ancient world was very different for the attacking force who only had a small handful of basic and challenging tactics they could use. These ranged from using battering rams to digging tunnels and even building ramps out of earth to gain …

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Ancient Chinese Seismometers

Ryan McNeill Professor Hirsh History of Technology 19 October, 2018 Shaking the Ancient World A large theme throughout this course has been technology can come before science. The ancient Chinese earthquake seismometer follows this rule. Ancient peoples first believed that earthquakes were disturbances in the balances with yin and yang. They believed earthquakes were signs …

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