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By Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith

ISBN-10: 0230504124

ISBN-13: 9780230504127

ISBN-10: 0333772784

ISBN-13: 9780333772782

This ebook will offer a compact scholarly creation to significant concerns within the cultural background of technology and expertise in Britain and the British Empire among 1760 and 1914. Key issues will comprise: exploration and empire, and empire, and communique and empire. by way of demonstrating, in old context, the genuine, complicated and altering reactions among technology and know-how through the imperial growth of 1780-1914, Engineering an Empire will flow past the occasionally insular self-discipline of historical past of expertise to supply anything altogether new.

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The dissemination of a knowledge of accurate time which is now really a matter of very great importance . . ’30 Exploration, Mapping and Measurement 21 Greenwich Time was no longer simply time for the local setting in Greenwich. By 1872 all British Post Offices had to operate by Greenwich Time. 31 The disciplined practice of navigation, moreover, deployed Greenwich time to ensure that British ships, especially steamships, could be trusted to transform widely scattered, isolated colonies and outposts into something like a coherent imperial system.

3). Consistent with Whig ideology, BAAS promoters stressed values of political breadth and religious tolerance, though in practice most of the core ‘gentlemen of 22 Engineering Empires science’ were liberal Anglicans in religion and Whigs or moderate conservatives in politics. There was one token Quaker (the chemist John Dalton) but there were almost certainly no Catholics, Jews or high Tories. Although membership was wide, an inner core carefully managed the BAAS. This ‘high priesthood’ included the geologists William Buckland, Adam Sedgwick and Roderick Murchison, the Cambridge polymath William Whewell, the astronomer Airy, and the Scottish natural philosopher James David Forbes.

56 Such optimism, as we shall now see, was not borne out in practice. Just four years after the Rainbow experiments, two staunch projectors of iron Exploration, Mapping and Measurement 29 vessels on Merseyside identified problems which threatened the whole future of iron shipbuilding. With interests in the iron trade, Thomas Jevons had constructed some of the earliest iron vessels on Merseyside, while the future of John Laird’s Birkenhead shipbuilding yard rested heavily on the success or failure of the iron ship which had to be made credible (ch.

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