City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910

City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910

by Anna Rose Alexander

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Overview

By the mid-nineteenth century, efforts to modernize and industrialize Mexico City had the unintended consequence of exponentially increasing the risk of fire while also breeding a culture of fear. Through an array of archival sources, Anna Rose Alexander argues that fire became a catalyst for social change, as residents mobilized to confront the problem. Advances in engineering and medicine soon fostered the rise of distinct fields of fire-related expertise while conversely, the rise of fire-profiteering industries allowed entrepreneurs to capitalize on crisis.
 
City on Fire demonstrates that both public and private engagements with fire risk highlight the inequalities that characterized Mexican society at the turn of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822981466
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 04/30/2016
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environ
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Anna Rose Alexander is assistant professor of history at California State University, East Bay.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Modernity and Its Accidents Chapter One. Fighting Fire, Fighting Fear Chapter Two. Science of Regulation Chapter Three. Controlling the Flames—The Fire Brigade Chapter Four. Engineering Safety Chapter Five. Inventing Protection Chapter Six. Insuring Progress Chapter Seven. Healing the Hazardous City Conclusion Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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