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1.0 out of 5 stars Chimneys, March 18, 2014
This review is from: How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (Hardcover)
According to Stark's careful research about the history of western civilization, chimneys were invented by Europeans and spread throughout the uncivilized world by diffusion.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2014 3:23:26 PM PDT
EEH says:
This "review" is not useful.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 5:42:52 PM PDT
booklover says:
Why does that merit a 1 star?

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 2:40:55 PM PDT
Robert Woods says:
How was this a review?

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 1:15:50 AM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Mar 21, 2014 1:16:56 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2014 9:58:40 AM PDT
Ratonis says:
LOL. I will want to read this book, as I like Stark's work. What I wonder, however, is how much of it just goes over territory previously presented in his other books (e.g. The Victory of Reason, For the Glory of God).

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 9:42:39 PM PDT
Stark correctly identifies the chimney as being a European invention and this merits one star how? Oh, wait, the book is just out and you didn't read it. How completely unsurprising.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 3:44:06 PM PDT
Donald you should be embarrassed to write this and delete it. LOL... no end to the silliness of man!

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 12:37:20 PM PDT
P. Moyes says:
That's it? A silly comment...

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 3:05:21 PM PDT
Romans used tubes inside the walls to draw smoke out of bakeries but chimneys only appeared in large dwellings in northern Europe in the 12th century. The earliest extant example of an English chimney is at the keep of Conisbrough Castle in Yorkshire, which dates from 1185 AD. They did not become common in houses until the 16th and 17th centuries. [courtesy of Wikipedia and about 30 seconds of my time]

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 5:45:44 AM PDT
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