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First published in 1976. Second edition published 1992, reprinted in 2002 and 2011. In this book Professor Tylecote presents a unique introduction to the history of metallurgy from the earliest times to the present. The development of metallurgy skills and techniques of different civilisations, and the connection between them, are carefully chartered. This volume is concerned with such important topics as the rise of metallurgy in the Near East and the Industrial Revolution in Western Europe.