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1. Concept

Metallurgy denotes on the one hand the techniques and technologies used to extract the products of smelting, that is, to obtain metals from their ores (Smelting techniques), and on the other hand the study of the properties of metals and metal alloys and their production and processing.

2. History in the Empire

Metallurgy was at first thought of as an (artisanal) art (Crafts and trades). From the 16th century, there were increasing efforts to place it on a scientific b…

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Priesner, Claus, “Metallurgy”, 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 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024007>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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