Shock Of The Old: Technology and Global History since 1900
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 1900User 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
Review: The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900User Review - Sian Bradshaw - Goodreads
I enjoyed this book. It challenged my thinking of how different countries moved forward at different rates. The USSR made great moves forward in the thirties. I also didn't realise that the use of ... Read full review