In the second edition of The Machine in America, Pursell brings this classic history up to date with a revised chapter on war technology and new discussions on. The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology. Creator. Pursell, Carroll . Bibliographic Citation. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, The Machine In America has 34 ratings and 2 reviews. not simply instruments of our purpose,” historian Carroll Pursell analyzes technology’s impact upon the.
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The Machine In America: A Social History Of Technology
Jim Swike rated it it was amazing Jul 03, Share your thoughts with other customers. Citing articles via Google Scholar. For those who wish to explore the subject further, on book also features a very good bibliography and notes section.
Pursell Limited preview – Pursell also argues that American technology has aemrica a social hegemony, not only over the way we live but also over how we evaluate that life. Ameriac reading this book has been pointless and extremely boring. 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.
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. The engineers had three conflicting goals. Ben rated it really liked it Dec 24, Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. The Machine in America: Never one to let facts get in the way of his pro-business program, he once charged that “trees cause pollution.
Science was believed to offer not only efficiency but also spiritual uplift Samuel Haber. The key part of this infrastructure was the transportation system to serve the activities of the city.
These subjects are often overlooked by historians of technology, and Pursell’s inclusion of them represents an important step toward integrating these fields. The idea for pursfll parts probably originated with Honore Blanc French in Read more Read less.
The Machine In America: A Social History Of Technology by Carroll W. Pursell
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. He describes the ways in which American industrial and agricultural carrol began to take on a distinctive shape as it adapted and extended the technical base of the industrial revolution.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A Social History of Technology. Don’t have a Kindle? In addition they also managed to pocket a good carrool of gold. The Decade of Prosperity and Consumption.
Most of what was used here were hand tools. Review ” The Machine in America ‘s modest preface fails to acknowledge machihe magnitude of the task undertaken by Carroll Pursell The new engineers began to organize into professional societies.
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The engineer would be the ones to remove all waste. The stove was the one domestic technology that did improve.
Erik Paul Liimatta rated it it was ok Dec 24, Not just material technology, of course, but the technology of the scientific approach.
The Machine in America
Invention and engineering made many of the amenities of city life possible newspapers, parks, and sports venues. Selected pages Title Page. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. The power was then carried amerjca the mills by gears, shafts, levers, and pulleys. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order.
Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Learn more about Amazon Ths. This threat to large-scale systems was one of the main reasons appropriate technology failed. Pursell shows how both the idea of progress and puraell mechanical means to harness the forces of nature developed and changed as they were brought from the Old World to the New. Withoutabox Submit to Film Machin. Removing water from the cities was a much more difficult problem. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
With clipboards, stopwatches, and later motion-picture cameras, the engineers recorded the motions of work, broke them down into uniform bits, and reconstituted them into more efficient patterns governed by management.
The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology
A Social History of Technology. Pursell shows how amreica 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.
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. A Social History of American Technology. Andy rated it liked it Apr 04, Kevin Fodness rated it really liked it Jan 27, 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 on the lives of women and men, on their work, politics, and social relationships—and how, in turn, people influence technological development.
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