Machine in America A Social History of Technology

ISBN-10: 0801885795
ISBN-13: 9780801885792
Edition: 2nd 2007
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Description: From the medieval farm implements used by the first colonists to the invisible links of the Internet, the history of technology in America is a history of society as well. Arguing that "the tools and processes we use are a part of our lives, not  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

From the medieval farm implements used by the first colonists to the invisible links of the Internet, the history of technology in America is a history of society as well. Arguing that "the tools and processes we use are a part of our lives, not simply instruments of our purpose," historian Carroll Pursell analyzes technology's impact on the lives of women and men, their work, politics, and social relationships -- and in turn, their influence on technological development. Pursell shows how both the idea of progress and the mechanical means to harness the forces of nature developed and changed as they were brought from the Old World to the New. He describes the ways in which American industrial and agricultural technology began to take on a distinctive shape as it adapted and extended the technical base of the industrial revolution. He discusses the innovation of an American system of manufactures and the mechanization of agriculture; new systems of mining, lumbering, and farming, which helped conquer and define the West; and the technologies that shaped the rise of cities. In the second edition of The Machine in America, Pursell brings this classic history up to date with a revised chapter on war technology and new discussions on information technology, globalization, and the environment.

Preface
Introduction
The Transit of Technology
The Tools Brought Over
Importing the Industrial Revolution
Improving Transportation
The Domestication of the Industrial Revolution
The Expansion of American Manufactures
The Mechanization of Farming
The Imprint of American Technology
Creating an Urban Environment
Westward the Course of Industry
Export, Exploitation, and Empire
Technology and Hegemony
The Coming of Science and Systems
The Decade of Prosperity and Consumption
Depression: Study and Subsidy
Wars and the "American Century"
Challenge and Change in a Postmodern World
Globalization
Our (Un)Wired World
America's Global Reach
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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