Cars and Culture: The Life Story of a Technology / Edition 1

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Overview

One of the leading artifacts of modern technology, the automobile has shaped our physical, economic, social, and cultural environment. The history of the automobile demonstrates how the decisions of governments, entrepreneurs, and the general public influence technological evolution. A succinct yet comprehensive history, Cars and Culture highlights the technical changes that altered the appearance and performance of automobiles, along with the myriad forces that have shaped the car's development.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Michigan Historical Review
An excellent and easily read encapsulation of major themes in automobile history.

— Neal V. Hitch

Journal of Transport History
Briskly paced and well written narrative.

— Bruce Pietrykowski

Michigan Historical Review - Neal V. Hitch
An excellent and easily read encapsulation of major themes in automobile history.
Journal of Transport History - Bruce Pietrykowski
Briskly paced and well written narrative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883996
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudi Volti teaches sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. His publications include Society and Technological Change (Worth Publishers, 2005), The Engineer in History (Peter Lang Publishing, 2001), and The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Society (Facts on File, 1999).

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 The dawn of the motor age, 1886-1905 1
2 The automobile's adolescence, 1905-1914 21
3 From battlefield to boulevard, 1914-1929 43
4 Hard years and heroic days, 1929-1945 65
5 In high gear, 1945-1965 87
6 Second thoughts, 1965-1990 115
7 At the turn of a new century, 1990- 137
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