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Hydraulic energy
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1. General remarks

From its beginnings around 200 BCE and for over 2,000 years, hydraulic power has provided the most important source of energy for industrial purposes, mechanical and technical apparatus (Machine). Although, by and large, in the period under discussion it was of less importance than the absolutely dominant muscle power of man and beast, in regions with the appropriate natural and climatic…

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Bleidick, Dietmar, “Hydraulic energy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030073>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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