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Creating the Twentieth CenturyTechnical Innovations of 1867-1914 and Their Lasting Impact$
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Vaclav Smil

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168747

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195168747.001.0001

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The Great Inheritance

The Great Inheritance

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(p.2) 1 The Great Inheritance
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Creating the Twentieth Century
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Vaclav Smil (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195168747.003.0001

No other period in history has brought so many fundamental technical advances in such a short period of time. This Age of Synergy (1867-1914) saw a rapid introduction of science-based innovations, their prompt commercialization and improvement and their interaction to create a new knowledge-based economy and a high-energy civilization. This unprecedented technical progress laid the lasting foundations for modern societies: it created not only the basic material, economic, consumption, and social patterns of the 20th century but it will determine our fortunes for generations to come.

Keywords:   technical advances, Age of Synergy, science-based innovations, commercialization, knowledge-based economy, high-energy civilization, unprecedented technical progress

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