The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America / Edition 2

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Overview


For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technological advances, and the way society and culture both determine these links. The Machine in the Garden fully examines the difference between the "pastoral" and "progressive" ideals which characterized early 19th-century American culture, and which ultimately evolved into the basis for much of the environmental and nuclear debates of contemporary society.

This new edition is appearing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Marx's classic text. It features a new afterword by the author on the process of writing this pioneering book, a work that all but founded the discipline now called American Studies.

The Machine in the Garden attempts to reconcile two very different images of American life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the previous edition: "An exciting book, exemplifying studies in American culture at their best."--Hennig Cohen, Saturday Review

"The thesis of this impressive book is important, and Professor Marx has found a wealth of material to support it."--American Historical Review

"This is an important contribution to our understanding of some of the enigmas and conflicts at work in the American imagination, particularly in the nineteenth century."--Tony Tanner, Encounter

Richard Sennett
Paradoxically, in rereading this seemingly old-fashioned book, I had the sensation of encountering something quite new and fresh; it is a cultural investigation rather than a critical performance...Rather than a monument to the past, The Machine in the Garden remains a timely book.
Times Literary Supplement
Neil Comtton
thekind of book that sustains one's faith in the vitality of contemporary American scholarship.
Anthony Tanner
This is an important contribution to our understanding of some of the enigmas and conflicts at work in the American imagination, particularly in the 19th century.
Encounter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195133516
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: 35TH
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 808,342
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Marx is Professor Emeritus of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

I Sleepy Hollow, 1844
II Shakespeare's American Fable
III The Garden
IV The Machine
V Two Kingdoms of Force
VI Epilogue: The Garden of Ashes
Afterword
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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