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Technology and the West

Technology and the West - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226710341

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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Published: 1997
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Technology and the West - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226710341

Terry S. Reynolds and Stephen H. Cutcliffe

ISBN13: 978-0226710341
ISBN10: 0226710343
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

This broad-ranging anthology provides a condensed overview of technology in Western civilization. Its twenty-one carefully selected articles and overview essays demonstrate the complex relationship between technological and social change from antiquity to the present. Specific topics include the origins of contemporary social and political institutions in the irrigation civilizations of antiquity, technology and the military, popular perceptions of the early industrial revolution in Europe, the difference between invention and innovation, the role of government in the development of technology, the nature of technical expertise, and nuclear power and the environment.

General readers and students will find this collection accessible and engaging.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe.
Overview: Technology and History: "Kranzberg's Laws", Melvin Kranzberg


Technology and the West Through Britain's Industrial Revolution (To Ca. 1850)

  1. Technology in the Preindustrial West, Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe.
  2. The First Technological Revolution and Its Lessons, Peter F. Drucker
  3. Greek Catapults and Catapult Technology: Science, Technology, and War in the Ancient World, Barton C. Hacker
  4. The Technical Act: The Act of Invention: Causes, Contexts, Continuities and Consequences, Lynn White, Jr
  5. Air Pollution and Fuel Crises in Preindustrial London, 1250-1650, William H. Te Brake
  6. The Replacement of the Longbow by Firearms in the English Army, Thomas Esper
  7. On the Social Explanation of Technical Change: The Case of the Portuguese Maritime Expansion, John Law
  8. Muskets and Pendulums: Benjamin Robins, Leonhard Euler, and the Ballistics Revolution, Brett D. Steele
  9. The Philosophy of Luddism: The Case of the West of England Woolen Workers, ca. 1790-1809, Adrian J. Randall
  10. Roads, Railways, and Canals: Technical Choices in 19th-Century Britain, Francis T. Evans

The Expansion and Diffusion of Western Industrial Technology (Ca. 1850 to Present)

  1. Technology and the Industrial West, Terry S. Reynolds, Stephen H. Cutcliffe.
  2. Economic Development and the Transfer in Technology: Some Historical Perspectives, Nathan Rosenberg
  3. The Weapons of the West: Military Technology and Modernization in 19th-Century China and Japan, Barton C. Hacker
  4. The "Industrial Revolution" in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the 20th Century, Ruth Schwartz Cowan
  5. The Development of the Diesel Engine, Lynwood Bryant
  6. The Emergence of Basic Research in the Bell Telephone System, 1875-1915, Lillian Hoddeson
  7. Flexibility and Mass Production at War: Aircraft Manufacture in Britain, the United States, and Germany, 1939-1945, Jonathan Zeitlin
  8. Spage-Age Europe: Gaullism, Euro-Gaullism, and the American Dilemma, Walter A. McDougall
  9. Nuclear Power and the Environment: The Atomic Energy Commission and Thermal Pollution, 1965-1971, J. Samuel Walker
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