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The Resource The machine in America : a social history of technology, Carroll Pursell

The machine in America : a social history of technology, Carroll Pursell

Label
The machine in America : a social history of technology
Title
The machine in America
Title remainder
a social history of technology
Statement of responsibility
Carroll Pursell
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the medieval farm implements brought by the first colonists to the invisible links of the Internet, the history of technology in America is a history of our 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 upon the lives of women and men, their work, politics, and social relationships--and in turn, their influence upon 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. And he shows how the export of technology helped to foster American hegemony both in theWestern Hemisphere and elsewhere in the world. Pursell also argues that American technology has created a social hegemony, not only over the way we live but also over how we evaluate that life. He shows that such developments as scientific management techniques and industrial research changed Americans' lives as much as the mass production of such durable consumer goods as radios and automobiles. In many ways, he concludes, today's military-industrial complex is the legacy of the intense cooperation between science and technology during World War II. --From publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pursell, Carroll W
Dewey number
303.48/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
T14.5
LC item number
.P87 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Technology
  • Industrial revolution
  • Technology
  • Technology
  • Révolution industrielle
  • Technologie
  • Technologie
  • Révolution industrielle
  • Industrial revolution
  • Technology
  • United States
  • Technologie
  • Industriële revolutie
  • Sozialer Wandel
  • Technik
  • USA
  • Technologie
  • Gesellschaft
  • Industrielle Revolution
  • Sozialgeschichte
  • Technik
  • Technischer Fortschritt
  • USA
Label
The machine in America : a social history of technology, Carroll Pursell
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 -- Wars and the American Century -- Challenge, defense, and revolution in a postmodern world
Control code
ocm31606534
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 358 pages
Isbn
9780801848186
Lccn
94044114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o31606534
  • (OCoLC)31606534
Label
The machine in America : a social history of technology, Carroll Pursell
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-345) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 -- Wars and the American Century -- Challenge, defense, and revolution in a postmodern world
Control code
ocm31606534
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 358 pages
Isbn
9780801848186
Lccn
94044114
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o31606534
  • (OCoLC)31606534

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