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Technology and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and Germany, 1890-1945

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ISBN-10: 0521845289

ISBN-13: 9780521845281

Edition: 2004

Authors: Bernhard Rieger, Peter Baldwin, Christopher Clark, James B. Collins, Lyndal Roper

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This book examines the obsession for new technology that swept through Britain and Germany between 1890 and 1945. Drawing on a wide range of popular contemporary writings and pictorial material, it explains how, despite frequently feeling overwhelmed by innovations, Germans and Britons nurtured a long-lasting fascination for aviation, glamorous passenger liners and film as they lived through profound social transformations and two vicious wars. Public discussions about these 'modern wonders' were torn between fears of novel risks and cultural decay on the one hand, and passionate support generated by nationalism and social fantasies on the other. While the investigation focuses on tensions…    
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Book details

List price: $139.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/16/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

Bernhard Rieger teaches modern and contemporary history at University College London.

Introduction
"Modern wonders" : technological innovation and public ambivalence
Accidents : the physical risks of technology
Elusive illusions : the cultural and political properties of film
Pilots as popular heroes : risk, gender, and the aeroplane
"Floating palaces" : passenger liners as objects of pleasure
Fantasy as social practice : the rise of amateur film
Technology and the nation in Britain and Germany
Conclusion