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Economics and technology, 1600-1789


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1630s
Major draining of the English fens begins
1647
Revolt of Naples against government tax policies
1649
Serfs completely bound to the land in Russia
1665-6
Major outbreak of plague and the Great Fire in London
1712
Thomas Newcomen develops the steam engine
1720
Mississippi and South Sea bubbles of stock speculation
1760s
Richard Arkwright develops the spinning frame; James Watt improves the steam engine
1775
Flour War protests in France against rising prices