Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission

Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission

by Michael Adas
     
 

Long before the United States became a major force in global affairs, Americans believed in their superiority over others because of their inventiveness, productivity, and economic and social well-being. U.S. expansionists assumed a mandate to "civilize" non-Western peoples by demanding submission to American technological prowess and design. Michael Adas brilliantly… See more details below

Overview

Long before the United States became a major force in global affairs, Americans believed in their superiority over others because of their inventiveness, productivity, and economic and social well-being. U.S. expansionists assumed a mandate to "civilize" non-Western peoples by demanding submission to American technological prowess and design. Michael Adas brilliantly pursues the history of this mission through America's foreign relations over nearly four centuries from North America to the Philippines, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674032163
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 4.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Engines in the Wilderness

2. Machines and Manifest Destiny

3. Engineers' Imperialism

4. Foundations of an American Century

5. Imposing Modernity

6. Machines in the Vietnam Quagmire

7. Technowar in the Persian Gulf

Epilogue: The Paradox of Technological Supremacy

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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