Historian Thomas J. Misa's sweeping history of the relationship between technology and society over the past 500 years reveals how technological innovations have shaped—and have been shaped by—the cultures in which they arose. Spanning the preindustrial past, the age of scientific, political, and industrial revolutions, as well as the more recent eras of imperialism, modernism, and global security, this compelling work evaluates what Misa calls "the question of technology."
In this edition, Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by drawing on current scholarship while retaining sharply drawn portraits of individual people, artifacts, and systems. Each chapter has been honed to relate to contemporary concerns. Globalization, Misa argues, looks differently considering today's virulent nationalism, cultural chauvinism, and trade wars. A new chapter focuses on the digital age from 1990 to 2016. The book also examines how today's unsustainable energy systems, insecure information networks, and vulnerable global shipping have helped foster geopolitical risks and instability and takes a look at the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of Wuhan, China's high-tech district.
A masterful analysis of how technology and culture have influenced each other over five centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a history that illuminates modern-day problems and prospects faced by our technology-dependent world.
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|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Series:||Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology|
|Edition description:||third edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.15(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables vii
Chapter 1 Technologies of the Court, 1450-1600 1
Chapter 2 Techniques of Commerce, 1588-1740 31
Chapter 3 Geographies of Industry, 1740-1851 57
Chapter 4 Instruments of Empire, 1840-1914 92
Chapter 5 Science and Systems, 1870-1930 122
Chapter 6 Materials of Modernism, 1900-1950 150
Chapter 7 The Means of Destruction, 1933-1990 180
Chapter 8 Promises of Global Culture, 1970-2001 213
Chapter 9 Paths to Insecurity, 2001-2010 247
Chapter 10 Dominance of the Digital, 1990-2016 281
Chapter 11 The Question of Technology 319
Essay on Sources 399
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[Leonardo to the Internet] is well written, accessible, and perceptive. It also has a comparative dimension that sets it apart from others of its genre. In my opinion, it is the first really good book on the theme of technology in western civilization since Kranzberg and Pursell published their pioneering two-volume work in 1967.
Merritt Roe Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harper's Ferry Armory and the New Technology