World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity, 1937-1942

World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity, 1937-1942

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World's Fairs on the Eve of War: Science, Technology, and Modernity, 1937-1942 by Robert H. Kargon, Karen Fiss, Morris Low, Arthur P. Molella

Since the first world’s fair in London in 1851, at the dawn of the era of industrialization, international expositions served as ideal platforms for rival nations to showcase their advancements in design, architecture, science and technology, industry, and politics. Before the outbreak of World War II, countries competing for leadership on the world stage waged a different kind of war—with cultural achievements and propaganda—appealing to their own national strengths and versions of modernity in the struggle for power. World’s Fairs on the Eve of War examines five fairs and expositions from across the globe—including three that were staged (Paris, 1937; Dusseldorf, 1937; and New York, 1939–40), and two that were in development before the war began but never executed (Tokyo, 1940; and Rome, 1942). This coauthored work considers representations of science and technology at world’s fairs as influential cultural forces and at a critical moment in history, when tensions and ideological divisions between political regimes would soon lead to war.

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ISBN-13: 9780822981145
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 12/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Robert H. Kargon is the Willis K. Shepard Professor of the History of Science at Johns Hopkins University.
Karen Fiss is professor of visual studies and design at California College of the Arts.
Morris Low is associate professor of Japanese history at University of Queensland, Australia.
Arthur P. Molella is director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: World’s Fairs, Modernity, and the Demand for Authenticity 2. Modernity à la française: The 1937 Paris Exposition 3. Fantasies of Consumption at Schaffendes Volk: National Socialism and the Four-Year Plan 4. Whose Modernity?: Utopia and Commerce at the 1939 New York World’s Fair 5. Modernity on Display: The 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan 6. EUR: Mussolini’s Appian Way to Modernity 7. Redefining Cultural Conflict: The First Postwar International Exposition Notes Bibliography Index

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