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I am suggesting that this article and History of the steel industry (1850-1970) should be merged. The significnat start date should perhaps be 1857, when Henry Bessemer developed the first process for the mass production of mild steel. However, I see no particular significance in having a break at 1970. There was no particular change teechnologically or otherwise at that date. Furthermore the early article is collecting material on the later period and vice versa. I suspect what has really happened is that two WP editors have separately spotted a gap in WP and sought to fill it. The orignal author of this article started with great gusto and then gave up after producing some good stuff on US. Following merger, the merged article should be moved to History of the steel industry or History of the modern steel industry, overwriting a redirect, which will require the WP:RM procedure. Peterkingiron (talk) 17:04, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
Agree, conditionally. First, the wiki article and all the sources I have ever read say 1855 is the red letter date for Bessemer. Second, I think the point is possibly moot, and it doesn't have to describe perfectly in the title (because is there another article on the pre-date?). I think a mere hatnote saying that this focuses on the modern mass-production as we conceive of it today, rather than small-scale productions would might be sufficient. Further, was there really a "steel industry" before then, or was it just a side-product of ironworks? Thoughts?.Morgan Riley (talk) 05:00, 14 July 2012 (UTC)
No objection to issues over the precise date. The big change was between teh pre- and post-Bessemer eras. We may indeed need anotehr general article covering blister steel, crucible steel, and a few more. Peterkingiron (talk) 11:26, 14 July 2012 (UTC)
I am working on expanding and reorganizing Steelmaking, which I think is the logical article for a summary-style overview of the many historical methods of steel production, with the details on their appropriate article entries. (see WP:SUMMARY) Morgan Riley (talk) 19:29, 15 July 2012 (UTC)