Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930

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American Historical Review

An exciting, major contribution to the field of history, for it establishes very convincingly that the growth of... power networks is as intrinsic to and characteristic of modern society as the growth of manorialism was to medieval society.

Times Literary Supplement

How the West was wired.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801846144
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: History of Technology Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Edison the Hedgehog: Invention and Development 18
III Edison's System Abroad: Technology Transfer 47
IV Reverse Salients and Critical Problems 79
V Conflict and Resolution 106
VI Technological Momentum 140
VII Berlin: The Coordination of Technology and Politics 175
VIII Chicago: The Dominance of Technology 201
IX London: The Primacy of Politics 227
X California White Coal 262
XI War and Acquired Characteristics 285
XII Planned Systems 324
XIII The Culture of Regional Systems 363
XIV RWE, PP&L, and NESCO: The Style of Evolving Systems 404
XV Epilogue 461
Index 467
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