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Questions tagged [pre-industrial]

For question about societies that have not yet reached the industrial revolution. It covers a large period of time.

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What can a bunch of American kids teach ancient Egyptians? [closed]

18 children (ages 2-14) travel from a small American town in 1995 to the year 1312 BCE in ancient Egypt. They stay with Jewish slaves in their village (the structure is more serfs than slaves) for 9 ...
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Rain powered transport

Rain-powered transport The plain of Soggi experiences a constant rainfall. Can a rain powered vehicle be built according to the following conditions? The plain of Soggi experiences a constant ...
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Could a medieval planet industrialize/modernize if it was conquered by a more advanced culture for 19 years?

In my book series (link here), Aurea (a planet based on Byzantine Anatolia) is conquered by a group called the Tatians, who have access to technology that would not be out of place in Star Wars (...
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Cross-linked polymers available to pre-industrial people?

Cross-linked polymers are vitally important materials used all the time in modern life. For example, the resins used in composite materials are usually some type of cross-linked polymer. What type ...
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Can there be a long-range railway system without industrialisation?

Consider a civilization with pre-industrial, possibly even pre-gunpowder technology, but the economic incentive to have continent-spanning railway tracks. Would it be possible for them to build those ...
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How would one develop a transistor in a medieval setting

What are the requirements for such an endeavour? I am making a novel where the protagonist is reincarnated into a medieval society. His plan is to push forward technology into the modern age. He ...
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Alternative options to change sex-based characteristics in a non-modern world setting?

This question has received a major rewrite and restructuring but is still the same original question. Please see this meta-post, where I asked for advice on how to refocus this question. While I have ...
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How can a pre-modern culture survive a sustained invasion accompanied by epidemics?

Assume the following situation: A pre-modern culture A exists on continent/island X with no previous contact with culture B (the invaders). Culture B discovers and invades X and the lands of A intend ...
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Could a medieval / early modern blast furnace produce steel alloys

Blast furnaces have been in China since the 1st century, and arrived in the west during the late 1400's. Imagine now a society "stuck" in the early modern / late medieval period, could they produce ...
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Would human body adaption to sub-zero temperatures be actually beneficial in arctic climates?

The setting is in tribal times. I was thinking about a being (or a tribe of beings), living in arctic climates where the temperature is mostly or even exclusively below 0 °C, that is identical to an ...
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Medieval society with (relatively) easily accessible mechanical power

No magic exists in this setting beyond what is explicitly described in this quesiton. The setting is vaguely European medieval. The question centers around a town large enough to support a nobleman ...
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What kind of industries would legal and regulated necromancy spawn and require? [closed]

This is for a setting I'm slowly building up for my own writing / game creation needs. We used this setting as a background for (a sadly very short-lived) RPG campaign before and I was pleasantly ...
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Can sanitation spark an industrial revolution

In an Alternate Earth timeline, round about 1200 AD, we have the Great Alchemist and Philosopher Bob. Bob, being from a wealthy family has a handful of older brothers, so he's not likely to be an ...
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Ancient Greece have access to cheap, durable and easy to process material, how far can they advance?

Let us consider a human civilization on the level of Plato's Ancient Greece or quite close. They have metal tools and weapons, horse and bull powered chariots, ships with sails and paddles, democratic ...
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How could banks with multiple branches work in a world without quick communication?

If a bank wanted to operate branches in multiple cities, possibly separated by large distances, how would they prevent a fraudulent customer from double-dipping on a withdrawal? For example, if I ...
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Would post-traumatic stress disorder exist identically in a pre-industrial warfare setting?

I'm not into psychology, but I've heard a lot about veterans who have committed suicide, went crazy, became addicted or have their lives ruined in other ways because of the shock they lived through ...
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What would an isolated undead community look like?

I'm trying to work out a design for an isolated monastery populated entirely by sentient undead, and having trouble working out what would need to be there. If the entire population is vitally ...
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What would eating/killing/rearing an animal be like when an animal person of that kind exists?

So, in within my setting, there are half-animal, half-human beings, as well as humans, whom they all share common divine creators. Just a bit of elaboration concerning the creation of life in my ...
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How much of a pre-industrial country consumed food can come from importation?

They do not have access to fast and reliable transport options like steam boats, trains and do not use fossil fuel. They can only rely on the power of the winds and water currents for long distance ...