No Barbed Wire

WI Joseph Glidden (or anyone else for that matter) never came up with the idea of wrapping spikes into wire? What will the effects be on

  • the American west
  • battlefields
  • prisons
 
Without barbed wire, will we see more electric fences, or will people simply have to grow hedges (and thus slow the settlement of the High Plains?) Electric fences aren't really suitable for warfare, so we'll likely see caltrops used instead! :eek:
 

Thande

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I would have thought it would have the most effect on WW1 battlefields...but the idea seems obvious enough that someone else will come up with a similar idea fairly rapidly.
 
Thande said:
I would have thought it would have the most effect on WW1 battlefields...but the idea seems obvious enough that someone else will come up with a similar idea fairly rapidly.
It's not just the idea, but the technological will to realize it. After all, the Stirling hot-air engine is a good idea but nobody bothered to really make them in the 19th century when it could have replaced the steam engine on trains.
 
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