Engineering Empires / Edition 1

Engineering Empires / Edition 1

by Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
     
 

Engineers are empire-builders. James Watt, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson and a host of lesser known figures worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology founded on and sustained by durable networks of trust and expertise. In so doing these engineers and their heirs also became active agents of political and economic

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Engineers are empire-builders. James Watt, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson and a host of lesser known figures worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology founded on and sustained by durable networks of trust and expertise. In so doing these engineers and their heirs also became active agents of political and economic empire. Indeed, steamships, railways and electric telegraph systems increasingly complemented one another to form what one early twentieth-century telegraph engineer aptly termed "our most powerful weapon in the cause of Inter-Imperial Commerce". This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230507043
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(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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