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Economics and Trade • Oil and Geopolitics
Overview

An internal combustion engine uses the heat produced by the burning of fuel and oxidizer within an engine to turn pistons or rotors, which in turn propels an object. The first internal combustion engine was invented by Nikolaus Otto in 1876, but the version in use today was developed by Gottlieb Daimler in 1885. The engine helped replace coal as a common fuel during the Second Industrial Revolution and by the early 1900s, had replaced the steam engine as the most common power-generating device.

MLA Citation

"Internal Combustion Engine." World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO, 2019, worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/310618. Accessed 19 Mar. 2019.

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