August 31, 2022 Subject:
Mind Your Manors
The factory thought from the end of the previous segment continues with a visit to GM's corporate headquarters building in Detroit, which was brand new and state of the art of the time. The subject now is energy, and from here we go back to Saxon Britain at the time of the mini Ice Age, when communities were tiny manors sharing the same house, all the resources, and all the work of survival.
Burke goes to Greenland to explain what the mini Ice Age did to European life. Eventually, houses began to have chimneys and that brought a huge split in social order. The need for heat meant huge demand for firewood, which after generations led to the Europeans going as far afield as North America for treetrunks. Ultimately, there is a shift from using wood fuel to coal and coke as fuel for economic reasons. The mining industry's problems led to the creation of steam engines for pumping out floodwater and for mechanical power. A few other seemingly minor discoveries in the early 19th Century led to petroleum, the internal combustion engine, automobiles, and finally, aircraft.