By Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
This e-book will offer a compact scholarly advent to significant concerns within the cultural background of technological know-how and expertise in Britain and the British Empire among 1760 and 1914. Key topics will comprise: exploration and empire, and empire, and communique and empire. by means of demonstrating, in ancient context, the true, advanced and altering reactions among technology and expertise in the course of the imperial enlargement of 1780-1914, Engineering an Empire will movement past the occasionally insular self-discipline of heritage of know-how to provide whatever altogether new.
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76 At a second level, industrialisation and urban growth from the later years of the eighteenth century provided a market for new skills such as those of land surveyors, canal builders, coal prospectors and viewers, drainage experts, mineral assayers, quarrymen and civil engineers. These practical men in some cases sought to emulate the learned professions (law, medicine and the church) and enhanced their credibility through the formation of new societies with related publications, thus differentiating themselves from traditional craftsmen whose skills were passed from one generation to the next by means of apprenticeships.
Sir Jonas Moore, who with Samuel Pepys and others had founded the Royal Mathematical School within Christ’s Hospital to provide training in navigation for boys in the King’s service, offered to fund the new observatory. 15 Flamsteed would become first Astronomer Royal. Persuaded (in Flamsteed’s later account) of 18 Engineering Empires the urgency of astronomical data for longitude determination, the King acknowledged that he ‘did not want his ship-owners and sailors to be deprived of any help the Heavens could supply, whereby navigation could be made safer’.
These practical men in some cases sought to emulate the learned professions (law, medicine and the church) and enhanced their credibility through the formation of new societies with related publications, thus differentiating themselves from traditional craftsmen whose skills were passed from one generation to the next by means of apprenticeships. These ‘practical professionals’ played a leading role in the making of nineteenth-century geological science. On the one hand, they focused on rock strata rather than on questions of fossils per se, origins of the earth, or landforms.