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Rebecca Knapp, Communicating Security: Technical Communication, Fire Security, and Fire Engine ‘Experts’ in the Early Modern Period [Abstract]

This article deals with the question weather, and if so how, security could be produced by technical innovations and communication about these innovations in the Early Modern period. The linkage between fire security, by fire engines, technical knowledge and communication about this knowledge will be pointed out. With the discourse of the improvement of fire engines in journals of the Enlightenment a trigger for the change in the communication about fire engines can be found. Further it is discussed how inventions for fire-safety can be evaluated in the transforming scientific society in the Early Modern period.