The wheel inventions and reinventions columbia studies in international and global history richard bulliet on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in this book richard w bulliet focuses on three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society. Richard w bulliet is professor of history at columbia university a former guggenheim fellow he is the editor of the columbia history of the twentieth century and author of the camel and the wheel he is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue. In this book richard w bulliet focuses on three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society he begins in 4000 bce with the first wheels affixed to axles he then follows with the innovation of wheels turning independently on . The wheel brings a fresh perspective to an old and extremely important subject among other things richard bulliet shows how the invention of the wheel and its many applications to transportation occurred over thousands of years and was influenced by socio cultural and psychological as well as economic and political factors
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