Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914

Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914

by Christine MacLeod
     
 

An innovative study of why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain.See more details below

Overview

An innovative study of why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521153829
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Abbreviations     xi
List of illustrations     xii
Introduction: inventors and other heroes     1
The new Prometheus     27
The inventor's progress     59
The apotheosis of James Watt     91
Watt, inventor of the Industrial Revolution     125
'What's Watt?' The radical critique     153
The technological pantheon     181
Heroes of the Pax Britannica     212
Debating the patent system     249
The workers' heroes     280
Maintaining the industrial spirit     315
Science and the disappearing inventor     351
Epilogue: the Victorian legacy     383
Bibliography     397
Index     440

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