Technological Change: Methods and Themes in the History of Technology

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In this volume, scholars from these two very different traditions are brought together. Never before has a single volume contained such a distinguished and diverse group of historians of technology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Methods and themes in the history of technology 1
1 The social construction of technology: a review 17
2 Towards a history of technological thought 37
3 Bodies, fields, and factories: technologies and understandings in the age of revolutions 51
4 Evolution and technological change: a new metaphor for economic history? 63
5 Lynn White's Medieval Technology and Social Change after thirty years 85
6 Medieval technology and the historians: the evidence for the mill 103
7 Law, espionage, and the transfer of technology from eighteenth century Britain 123
8 Concepts of invention and the patent controversy in Victorian Britain 137
9 Technological change during the first industrial revolution: the paradigm case of textiles, 1688-1851 155
10 Technology transfer and industrial transformation: an interpretation of the pattern of economic development circa 1870-1914 177
11 The Japan that can say No: the rise of techno-nationalism and its impact on technological change 201
12 Politics and the passion for production: France and the USSR in the 1930s 215
13 Managing complexity: interdisciplinary advisory committees 229
14 How do we know the properties of artefacts? Applying the sociology of knowledge to technology 247
Index 265
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