This book focuses on the development of four key issues in the development of modern Spain; knowledge, manufacturing, energy and telecommunications, and public works. If technology transfer from advanced nations to less developed systems always worked, then the whole world would now be rich. That this is not the case is so obvious, we might well expect that the history of the processes, successes and failures of technology transfer across nations would be a very well-established field of enquiry. In fact, the theme is still a developing one, and the present Special Issue centres on the case of Spain as exemplary in many respects. The collected essays focus upon the four major themes of knowledge, manufacturing, energy, and telecommunications and public works. Essays range in time from the 18th century to the present time, from studies of espionage and early links between craftsmen and savants, to the institutions of technology (from training systems, to private enterprise activity, or patents), to case-studies of silk manufacture, shipbuilding, mining, paper-making, and pharmaceuticals.
Each essay offers a broad variety of material to bring to bear on a major problem of world development, past, present, and future.
"The book should find a home not only on the desks of specialist scholars, but also in advanced university seminars on technology and Spanish history." - Benita Blessing, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, European History Quarterly
An overview A. Roca I Rosell (Engineering School, Barcelona) Knowledge Technology transfer and industrial espionage in the eighteenth century Juan Helguera Quijada (University of Valladolid) Augustin Betancourt and the mining technologies: from Almaden to Saint-Petersbourg (1783-1824) Irina Gouzevitch and Dmitri Gouzevitch. Beginnings of the mechanical engineering in Spain: skilled craftsmen and erudite scientists Carles Puig (UPC); Patents, Sugar Machinery and Technology Transfer to Spain Nadia Fernandez-de-Pinedo (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) David Pretel (University of Cambridge) Patricio Saiz (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid); The Engineering profession in Spain: Modern and Contemporary ages M. Silva (University of Zaragoza); Manufacturing The art of ships manufacture in the Spanish Golden Age Isabel Vicente (University of Valladolid); The transfer of technology during the early industrial revolution in Catalonia Alex Sanchez (University of Barcelona); The Silk industry Angels Sola (University of Barcelona) Textile Technological Transfer from a non innovative country: Spain during the XXth Century. Esteve Deu and Montserrat Llonch (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona); Foreign machines and national workshops: Spanish paper making engineering (1800-1936); Miquel Gutierrez-Poch Business actors and technological transfer: The making of the Spanish chemical and pharmaceutical industry Nuria Puig (Universidad Complutense de Madrid); Energy Steam engine difusion R Amengual (Madrid): steam engine diffusion Electricity in Spain: introduction and industrial development J. C. Alayo (Engineering School, Barcelona); Secrecy or discretion: The transfer of nuclear technology in Spain during the Franco period Francesc X. Barca-Salom (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya); Telecommunications and public works Telecommunications in Spain: high technologies for the periphery Angel Calvo (University of Barcelona); The international adventures in wireless telegraphy of Austrian-French engineer Victor Popp (1846 - 1912) and its epilogue in Spain Jesus Sanchez Minana (UPM); Franco's dams: a case of technological regress Santiago Lopez (Salamanca University).
Series: History of Technology : Book 30
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2nd June 2011
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 1