Water, Wood, Wool and The Materials That Built Civilization

A look at how different resources have been used together in ways which has led to both prosperity and decline over the ages.

Bruges, Flanders was built on ships constructed by wood, traveling across water carrying cloth made from wool. Fabrics, water and wood are resources with an interwoven relationship.

LET US tackle an ancient question which humans have pondered almost since the dawn of civilization: Why do some nations prosper while others either fail to…




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Erik Engheim

Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.

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