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Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel

Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel - 94 edition

Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel - 94 edition

ISBN13: 9780060925819

ISBN10: 0060925817

Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies - ISBN 9780060925819
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94
Copyright: 1994
Publisher: Perennial Library
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Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel by Joseph Gies and Frances Gies - ISBN 9780060925819

ISBN13: 9780060925819

ISBN10: 0060925817

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 94

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Summary

"Moving chronologically through a millennium (500-1500 A. D. ), the authors . . . {seek to} show that the term 'Dark Ages' is a misnomer by deftly tracing the period's 'main technological elements(,) . . . their known or probable sources, and their principal impacts. '"(Libr J)Index.

An illuminating look at the monumental inventions of the Middle Ages, by the authors of Life in a Medieval Castle.

"The Gieses here explode the myth of the Dark Ages, showing that the Fall of Rome did not plunge Europe into stagnation and lethargy. "

--Booklist

In this account of Europe's rise to world leadership in technology, Frances and Joseph Gies make use of recent scholarship to destroy two time-honored myths. Myth One: that Europe's leap forward occurred suddenly in the "Renaissance," following centuries of medieval stagnation. Not so, say the Gieses: Early modern technology and experimental science were direct outgrowths of the decisive innovations of medieval Europe, in the tools and techniques of agriculture, craft industry, metallurgy, building construction, navigation, and war. Myth Two: that Europe achieved its primacy through "Western" superiority. On the contrary, the authors report, many of Europe's most important inventions - the horse harness, the stirrup, the magnetic compass, cotton and silk cultivation and manufacture, papermaking, firearms, "Arabic" numerals - had their origins outside Europe, in China, India, and Islam. The Gieses show how Europe synthesized its own innovations - the three-field system, water power in industry, the full-rigged ship, the putting-out system - into a powerful new combination of technology, economics, and politics. From the expansion of medieval man's capabilities, the voyage of Columbus with all its fateful consequences is seen as an inevitable product, while even the genius of Leonardo da Vinci emerges from the context of earlier and lesser-known dreamers and tinkerers. Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel is illustrated with more than 90 photographs and drawings. It is a Split Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.

Author Bio

Gies, Frances :

Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Gies, Joseph :

Frances and Joseph Gies have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor, Michigan.