Barbed Wire: An Ecology of Modernity / Edition 1

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In this original book, historian and philosopher Reviel Netz explores the development of a controlling and pain-inducing technology - barbed wire. Surveying its development from 1874 to 1954, Netz describes its use to control cattle during the colonization of the American West and to control people in Nazi concentration camps and the Russian Gulag. Physical control over space was no longer symbolic after 1874.
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Paul F. Starrs
"Stunningly thought-provoking and beautifully grim in bearing witness to a larger meaning of technology, this book makes a supple use of traditional sources to discuss place and containment, with utterly novel generalizations about human economic activities and the appropriation of space."
Paul F. Starrs, author of Let the Cowboy Ride
Paul F. Starrs
“Stunningly thought-provoking and beautifully grim in bearing witness to a larger meaning of technology, this book makes a supple use of traditional sources to discuss place and containment, with utterly novel generalizations about human economic activities and the appropriation of space.”
Noam Chomsky
“This meticulous, searching, and highly original examination of violence and oppression weaves together entirely unexpected strands onto a deeply disturbing picture of how the modern world evolved, and raises hard questions, starkly delineated, challenging and profoundly significant.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819567192
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

REVIEL NETZ is Associate Professor at Stanford University, teaching history and the philosophy of science. His books include The Shaping of Deduction in Greek Mathematics: A Study in Cognitive History (1999) and the forthcoming Archimedes: Translation and Commentary.
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Table of Contents

Expansion : the American west and the invention of barbed wire 1
1 Unpacking the Louisiana purchase 2
2 How to fence a cow 16
3 How to fence the world 39
Confrontation : barbed wire on the battlefield 56
1 Conquest by iron 60
2 Crisis of the horse 73
3 Perfection of the obstacle 90
4 The obstacle triumphant 105
Containment : barbed wire in the concentration camps 128
1 The control of nations 131
2 Enemy people 146
3 Tractors to Ukraine 160
4 Trains to Auschwitz 194
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