The Shock Of The Old

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'It's rare for a book to make you see the world differently, but this ... does exactly that on almost every page' Guardian Standard histories of technology give tired accounts of the usual inventions, inventors, and dates, framing technology as the inevitable march of progress. They split history into ages - electrification, motorisation, and computerisation - and rarely ask whether anyone bothered to use these inventions at the time. Shock of the Old is not one of those histories. I Letters exist alongside emails and outlasted telegrams; we still make physical books and magazines despite the rise of the Internet - a belated rise considering that the technologies that made it possible was invented in 1965, and bookshops thrive despite Amazon. More horses were used in the Second World War than any other war in history and propeller planes continue to take off from the same runways as jets. Shock of the Old forces us to reassess the significance of old inventions such as corrugated iron and sewing machines and rethink the relative importance we place on the invention of something new, its application, and its widespread adoption. It challenges the idea that we live in an era of ever increasing change and, interweaving political, economic and cultural history, teaches us to think critically about technology.

Vorwort
'So the new is old, and the old is new! Marvellous stuff and absolutely spot-on.' - Simon Jenkins

Autorentext
Born in Montevideo in 1959, David Edgerton is one of Britain's leading historians, and has challenged conventional analyses of technology for 20 years. Currently a Professor at Kings College London, he writes for the broadsheet press and is a regular on television and radio. He is the author of The Rise and fall of the British Nation (2018), Britain's War Machine (2011), and Warfare State (2005). He lives in London.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
The Shock Of The Old
Untertitel
Technology and Global History since 1900
Autor
EAN
9781788163088
ISBN
978-1-78816-308-8
Format
Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber
Profile Books
Genre
Allgemeines & Lexika
Veröffentlichung
07.03.2019
Anzahl Seiten
304
Gewicht
253g
Größe
H198mm x B128mm x T24mm
Jahr
2019
Untertitel
Englisch
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