This book explores
ancient and early modern steel- and toolmaking strategies and techniques,
including those of early Iron Age, Roman, medieval, and Renaissance
metallurgists and toolmakers.
reviewed are the technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution,
the contributions of the English industrial revolutionaries to the
evolution of the factory system of mass production with interchangeable
parts, and the development of bulk steelmaking processes and alloy
steel technologies in the latter half of the 19th century. It includes
an extensive bibliography of resources pertaining to steel-and toolmaking
techniques from the early Bronze Age to the beginning of bulk-processed
steel production after 1870.