Did Steam Engines Fuel Urban Growth in the Late Nineteenth Century ? Less Sanguine Results

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There exists general agreement that the steam engine's rise in importance occurred at the same time as large increases in firm size and growing urbanization, but no consensus concerning the degree to which the steam engine served as an exogenous fo rce fueling urban growth. We reexamine the hypothesis that a leading brand of steam engine made by the Corliss… (More)

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