Technological Utopianism in American Culture / Edition 20

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In this anniversary edition, Howard P. Segal's acclaimed work on utopian visionaries twenty-five writers in all is reissued with additional material allowing "New Perspectives for 2005."

About the Author:
Howard P. Segal is Bird Professor of History at the University of Maine. He is also director of its technology and society project. His books include Future Imperfect: The Mixed Blessings of Technology in America, Technology in America: A Brief History (with Alan Marcus), and Recasting the Machine Age: Henry Ford's Village Industries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815630616
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : technological utopianism as the solution to problems in America 1
1 The vocabulary of technological utopianism 10
2 American visions of technological utopia, 1883-1933 19
3 The American technological utopians 45
4 The European origins 56
5 The American origins 74
6 Technological utopianism and the development of modern American society 98
7 Prophecy and fulfillment 129
8 The prospect of a technological plateau 141
9 Appropriate visions : the uses of utopianism today 156
Epilogue : new perspectives, 1985-2005 165
App The American technological utopians : their backgrounds and their works 183
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