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Transforming the 20th Century:

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168754
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168755.003.0001
Transforming the 20th Century:

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Technical progress in the 20th century was based on the unprecedented technical advances that took place during the two pre-WWI generations (1867-1914). All of these fundamental and lasting inventions — most notably electricity generation, internal combustion engines, new materials, and new means of communication — had undergone major technical transformations that improved their performance, reliability, durability, and ease of use while lowering their cost. In addition, the century saw its share of new inventions and innovations, ranging from plastics to solid state electronics.

Keywords: technical advances; inventions; electricity generation; internal combustion engines; new materials; communication; technical transformations

Chapter.  8110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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