Engineering Empires: A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-century Britain

Engineering Empires: A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-century Britain

by B. Marsden, C. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0333772784

ISBN-13: 9780333772782

Pub. Date: 12/07/2004

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK

Engineers are empire-builders. Watt, Brunel, and others worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology and in so doing these engineers also became active agents of political and economic empire. This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.

Overview

Engineers are empire-builders. Watt, Brunel, and others worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology and in so doing these engineers also became active agents of political and economic empire. This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333772782
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Technology, Science and Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century 'Objects of National Importance': Exploration, Mapping and Measurement Power and Wealth: Reputations and Rivalries in Steam Culture Belief in Steamers: Making Trustworthy the Iron Steamship Building Railway Empires: Promises in Space and Time 'The Most Gigantic Electrical Experiment': The Trials of Telegraphy Conclusion: Cultures of Technological Expertise Bibliography Index

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