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Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima, and Paul Warde

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143620

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143620.001.0001

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The Coal Development Block

The Coal Development Block

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(p.159) Chapter Six The Coal Development Block
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Power to the People
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Malanima Paolo

Astrid Kander

Paul Warde

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143620.003.0006

This chapter focuses on coal development blocks. From an energy point of view, the key aspects of the first industrial revolution were coal, steam, and iron. The development block was built around two core innovations, the steam engine and new techniques in metallurgy, saving on both labor and land. The chapter first considers the core innovations of the period, including the steam engine, the complementarity of coal and steam power, James Watt's engine and rotary motion, and innovation in iron. It then discusses the growth dynamics of the coal development block, focusing on market widening and market suction with respect to coal and iron, and concludes with an analysis of the transport revolution during the period.

Keywords:   coal, development blocks, steam engine, metallurgy, innovation, steam power, iron, market widening, market suction, transport

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