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Technology in Postwar America A History

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ISBN-10: 0231123043

ISBN-13: 9780231123044

Edition: 2007

Authors: Carroll Pursell

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Carroll Pursell tells the story of the evolution of American technology since World War II. His fascinating and surprising history links pop culture icons with landmarks in technological innovation and shows how postwar politics left their mark on everything from television, automobiles, and genetically engineered crops to contraceptives, Tupperware, and the Veg-O-Matic. Just as America's domestic and international policies became inextricably linked during the Cold War, so did the nation's public and private technologies. The spread of the suburbs fed into demands for an interstate highway system, which itself became implicated in urban renewal projects. Fear of slipping into a postwar…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/29/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Carroll Pursell has taught at several universities, including Case Western Reserve, from which he retired as the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He is a former president of the Society for the History of Technology and the International Committee for the History of Technology. He currently serves as adjunct professor of modern history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Introduction
Arsenal of Democracy
The Geography of Everywhere
Foreign Aid and Advantage
The Atom and the Rocket
Factories and Farms
"It's Fun to Live in America"
Brain Drain and Technology Gap
From Technology Drunk...
...To Technology Sober
A Wired Environment
Standing Tall Again
Globalization, Modernity, and the Postmodern
Notes
Bibliography
Index