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Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences$
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Vaclav Smil

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195168755.001.0001

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Transforming the 20th Century:

Transforming the 20th Century:

Debts and Advances

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1 Transforming the 20th Century:
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Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences
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Vaclav Smil (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195168755.003.0001

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

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