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Description - Water Technology in the Middle Ages by Roberta J. Magnusson

Focusing attention on gravity-fed water-flow systems in mediaeval cities and monasteries, this study of water technology in the Middle Ages challenges the view that hydraulic engineering died with the Romans and remained moribund until the Renaissance. Roberta Magnusson explores the systems' technologies - how they worked, what uses the water served - and also the social rifts that created struggles over access to this basic necessity. The author is mindful of theoretical questions about what hastens technological change and how society and technology mutually influence one another. Archaeological, historical and literary evidence vividly depicts those who designed, constructed and used mediaeval water systems and demonstrates a shift from a public-administrative to a private-innovative framework - one that argues for the importance of local initiatives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801866265
ISBN-10: 080186626X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roberta J. Magnusson

Roberta J. Magnusson is an assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Oklahoma.