Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution : Lessons for the Computer Age

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Addison-Wesley Longman, Incorporated, 1995 - Computers - 320 pages
This is the story of a bold uprising by the earliest victims of the first Industrial Revolution, viewed from the perspective of today's second Industrial Revolution, a vivid reminder that the current turmoil, driven by rapidly developing technologies and the global economy, is every bit as disruptive as the one created by the steam engine and laissez-faire. Rebels Against the Future is a work of careful scholarship, but it is also an exciting tale of people whose resistance to technology was so dramatic that their name has entered our vernacular. "Luddite" today refers to anyone unmoved by laptop computers and cellular phones, but this book reminds us that the Luddites were in fact real people, English working men who saw their livelihoods and homes, their communities and countryside, destroyed by the onrush of industrial capitalism.

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REBELS AGAINST THE FUTURE: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution

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A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Although efforts by workers to smash machinery that ... Read full review

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For a brief 15 months from late 1811 to early 1813, the Luddites challenged central England's law and order. This unique attack by workers upon a segment of the first industrial revolution, the ... Read full review


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Kirkpatrick Sale is the secretary of the E. F. Schumacher Society, a contributing editor of "The Nation, " and the author of nine previous books, including "Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Conquest" and "Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution."

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