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Steam engine
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Continuous use of the expansive force of steam was first employed successfully by James Watt in his improvements on the Newcomen engine in the second half of the 18th century; after 1800, the high-pressure steam engine became a significant source of power. Steam turbines did not come into use until toward the end of the 19th century. Nevertheless, the steam engine was an important initial factor in industria…

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Weber, Wolfhard, “Steam engine”, 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 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018171>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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