By David R. Meyer

A century and a part ahead of the trendy info know-how revolution, machinists within the japanese usa created the nation's first excessive know-how industries. In iron foundries and steam-engine works, locomotive works, computer and gear retailers, textile-machinery companies, and firearms brands, those ingenious staff pioneered the perform of dispersing technological services via groups of perform.

In the 1st publication to check this phenomenon because the 1916 vintage, English and American instrument Builders, David R. Meyer examines the improvement of skilled-labor alternate platforms, exhibiting how person metalworking sectors grew and moved outward. He argues that the networked habit of machinists inside and throughout industries is helping clarify the fast transformation of metalworking industries in the course of the antebellum interval, construction a starting place for the subtle, mass production/consumer industries that figured so prominently within the later U.S. financial system.

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