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Engineering Empires Technology, Science and Culture, 1760-1914

ISBN-10: 0230507042

ISBN-13: 9780230507043

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith

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Engineers are empire-builders. James Watt, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson and a host of lesser known figures worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology founded on and sustained by durable networks of trust and expertise. In so doing these engineers and their heirs also became active agents of political and economic empire. Indeed, steamships, railways and electric telegraph systems increasingly complemented one another to form what one early twentieth-century telegraph engineer aptly termed "our most powerful weapon in the cause of Inter-Imperial Commerce". This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Introduction: Technology, Science and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century
'Objects of National Importance': Exploration, Mapping and Measurement
Power and Wealth: Reputations and Rivalries in Steam Culture
Belief in Steamers: Making Trustworthy the Iron Steamship
Building Railway Empires: Promises in Space and Time
'The Most Gigantic Electrical Experiment': The Trials of Telegraphy
Conclusion: Cultures of Technological Expertise
Bibliography
Index