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What is the single most important invention in European history?

 
 
VALTUI
 
Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 11:37 am
Was it the Mechanical Clock? Was it the Compass? Was it it the Printing Press? Was it the Automobile, the Computer or something else?
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 11:44 am
Well, the Europeans did not invent movable type, but i do consider the printing press to have been the most important development in their history.
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:01 pm

It depends.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:03 pm
The ships that found the America's. Without them we'd still all be living in feudal times.
Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:05 pm
@Ceili,
You mean Bjarni Herjolfsson who "discovered" Newfoundland in 985?
Ceili
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:21 pm
@Setanta,
Sure, he raised the possibility. Then the kings and queens knew they could get rid of the degenerate populations by shipping them west.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:34 pm
@VALTUI,
Iron bloom. Or else it was the French fry
Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 04:54 pm
@farmerman,
No way! It's got to be Abba!

http://tallhorsewines.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/abba.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/43/ABBA_Member.jpg/220px-ABBA_Member.jpg
roger
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 08:52 pm
@Ceili,
It was sheep, and the factory machinery that went with them. No more need for gobs of serfs to work the land. They kept a few for shepherds and dumped the rest - who promptly found their way to the cities.

Some of the shepherds were replaced by dogs.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 08:57 pm
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

The ships that found the America's. Without them we'd still all be living in feudal times.


They weren't living in feudal times when the ships sailed.

Unless you mean Set's ships.

Europe rid itself of feudalism (mostly, Russia is one exception for instance) without influence from the Americas.

Probably the French Revolution had a more salutary effect overall on ruling classes in Europe.
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 08:58 pm
@VALTUI,
I'd go with printing press.
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Mon 27 Jun, 2011 09:22 pm
@VALTUI,
steam engine.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 05:46 am
@kuvasz,
All that would be impossible without the discovery of iron bloom and then smelting to make plate.
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 05:49 am
@Reyn,
Reyn wrote:
No way! It's got to be Abba!

http://tallhorsewines.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/abba.jpg


i was gona say swedish meatballs, but this is close enough
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Thomas
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 07:00 am
@VALTUI,
VALUTI wrote:
What is the single most important invention in European history?

I'm going to be a romantic and pick the French kiss.
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 06:53 pm
@farmerman,
youforgotfire
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 07:39 pm
@kuvasz,
I believe fire was discovered when our African ancestors first tried barbecue
kuvasz
 
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Reply Tue 28 Jun, 2011 09:09 pm
@farmerman,
while the event is lost in the sands of time I think that the invention of "making" fire ought to be considered year number one of human history.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 01:31 am
@kuvasz,
Do you allege that the "discovery" of fire was an event in European history?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 29 Jun, 2011 05:11 am
@kuvasz,
Quote:
while the event is lost in the sands of time I think that the invention of "making" fire ought to be considered year number one of human history
I agree but
fire is more a discovery than an invention. Like eating corn is a discovery but modifying corn would be an invention.

Making iron bloom was originally a dicsovery but the addition of limestone to cause the production of fayalite (iron silicate) and then to further purify by continued heating and oxidizing with charcoal was a process that makes it an invention.
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