Shock Of The Old: Technology and Global History since 1900

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Profile Books, May 26, 2011 - History - 479 pages
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This first ever history of technology casts aside the usual stories of inventions and focuses instead on what people actually use. It reassesses the relationship of technology and society, using unrecognised examples such as Spanish synthetic petrol, Japanese rickshaws, American gas chambers, Soviet tractors and Turkish battleships. We do not live in an era of ever increasing change, and the most important technologies of the twenty first century are often overlooked today. Drawing on political, economic and cultural history, The Shock of the Old dispels misplaced futurism and exemplifies a radical new way of looking at our world.

  

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Review: The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900

User Review  - Mark Lisac - Goodreads

The goal was to get people to rethink their ideas about the history of technology, with the emphasis on history as the context. It succeeds. A primary tool is to look at which technologies have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Löfkvist - Goodreads

Presents it's content in a very structured and clear way, with chapters that feel thought-through. Read full review

Contents

Significance
1
Time
28
Production
52
Maintenance
75
Nations
103
6
138
Killing
160
Invention
184
Selected Bibliography Acknowledgements
248
List of Illustrations
250
28 52
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138
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Conclusion
206
Notes
213

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About the author (2011)

Born in Montevideo in 1959, David Edgerton is one of Britain's leading historians, and has challenged conventional analyses of technology for 20 years. Currently the Hans Rausing Professor at Imperial College London, he writes for the broadsheet press and is a regular on television and radio. He lives in London.

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