Dangerous Energy

    SubTitle

    The archaeology of gunpowder and military explosives manufacture
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Oct 2000

        Summary

        This book comprises a national study of the explosives industry and provides a framework for identification of its industrial archaeology and social history. It ranges from gunpowder manufacture in the late Middle Ages through to 20th-century explosives.
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        9920277

        Main Summary

          This book comprises a national study of the explosives industry and provides a framework for identification of its industrial archaeology and social history.

          Few monuments of gunpowder manufacture survive in Britain from the Middle Ages, although its existence is documented. Late 17th-century water-powered works are identifiable but sparse. In the later 18th century, however, the industry was transformed by state acquisition of key factories, notably at Faversham and at Waltham Abbey.In the mid-19th century developments in Britain paralleled those in continental Europe and in America, namely a shift to production on an industrial scale related to advances in armaments technology.

          The urgency and large-scale demands of the two world wars brought state-directed or state-led solutions to explosives production in the 20th century. Yhe book’s concluding section looks at planning, preservation, conservation and presentation in relation to prospective future uses of these sites.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Wayne D. Cocroft

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          275mm

          Number of Illustrations

          383

          Number of Pages

          320

          ISBN

          9781850747185

          Contents

            Illustrations

            Tables

            Foreword

            Acknowledgements

            Summary

            Résumé

            Zusammenfassung

            Introduction

            1. ‘Success to the Black Art’

            2. The royal factories 1759-1850

            3. Gunpowder manufacture in the second half of the nineteenth century

            4. The demise of gunpowder

            5. The development of the chemical explosives industry, c 1850-1914

            6. The Great War 1914-18

            7. Rearmament and the Second World War

            8. The archaeology of rocketry

            9. Survival and reuse

            Gazetteer

            Glossary

            Bibliography

            Index

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