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1. Technology and propulsion

Rowing denotes the propelling of a boat by human muscle power using oars or sculls. In sculling, a rower holds a scull in each hand. Sweep rowing involves holding a single oar in both hands. Both techniques have been used since classical antiquity in civilian and especially military contexts. The spectrum of rowed vessels ranges from simple rowing boats or punts like Venetian gondol…

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Mallinckrodt, Rebekka von, “Rowing”, 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 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026832>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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