Intro 1. The purpose is to argue that the history of technology is part of our general history. Imposed on this periodization is the particular stories of transplanting medieval technology, technology transfer of industrial technology, reforming technology through science, then finally facing what Mumford called the Pentagon of Power. The A. The tools brought over 1.

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Laura rated it really liked it Jun 18, John rated it really liked it Oct 04, Inside the home everything was made of wood except the stove. Unlike the Bessemer furnace it could take scrap steel and mix it with iron pigs. Invention and engineering made many of the amenities of city life possible newspapers, parks, and sports venues. Candace rated it really liked it Mar 13, In addition they also managed to pocket a good deal of gold.

Carroll Pursell is professor emeritus of history at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct professor of modern history at Macquarie University, Purswll, Australia. While agriculture dominated in this period a small catroll of city dwellers were craftsmen. Wars and the American Century.

To ask other readers questions about The Machine In Americaplease sign up. Wherever large runs of similar production were not possible, like the jewelry or furniture industry products continued to be made in batches rather than flows.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Other editions — View all The Machine in America: It allowed a man to much more easily cut down trees. A Social History of Technology. Ships from and sold by Amazon. The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology 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.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create carro,l, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Their primary concern was to improve lighting but they also worked on vacuum tubes and x-rays. It is a big subject, and Pursell, admittedly, has to carefully choose his examples to quickly advance his fairly familiar thesis; that from a nation where technology was early on fairly democratically distributed, technologies were introduced which placed technology and therefore power into the hands of fewer and fewer people.

And he shows how the export of technology helped to foster American machinf both in theWestern Hemisphere and elsewhere in the world. 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.

The GE research laboratory was formed. Science was believed to offer not only efficiency but also spiritual uplift Samuel Haber. The National Environment Protection Act was set up. This is one of the best scholarly treatments of the history of technology in the United States. But mass production could not be adopted for many industries. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Talka rated it really liked it Jul 31, He brought his ideas together in a book Principles of Scientific Management. Ronald Reagan as governer of California immediately pulled the plug on all eco-friendly initiatives. Export Exploitation and Empire. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Pursell Snippet view — The temperature and conditions in the new world were not much different from the old.

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The Machine In America: A Social History Of Technology

He also served as the Andrew W. The history of the United States; the social and cultural history of American technology; technology and the environment; and technology and gender. New York: Columbia University Press, London: BBC Books, Washington, D. Edited Books: Ed. Cambridge: M.


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English Choose a language for shopping. 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. The Bessemer process was a process of burning carbon out of molten iron by blowing cold air on it. Singer took pride in their European method tje finishing everything by hand.




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