Heroes of Invention by Christine MacLeod
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Heroes of Invention
By Christine MacLeod

Heroes of Invention

Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914

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Heroes of Invention by Christine MacLeod

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  • Winner of Edelstein Prize for an Outstanding Book on the History of Technology 2008.

Book Description

This innovative study adopts a distinct perspective on both the industrial revolution and nineteenth-century British culture. It investigates why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain, attested by numerous monuments, biographies and honours, and contends there was no decline in the industrial nation's self-esteem before 1914. In a period notorious for hero-worship, the veneration of inventors might seem unremarkable, were it not for their previous disparagement and the relative neglect suffered by their twentieth-century successors. Christine MacLeod argues that inventors became figureheads of various nineteenth-century factions, from economic and political liberals to impoverished scientists and radical artisans, who deployed their heroic reputation, not least to challenge the aristocracy's hold on power and the militaristic national identity that bolstered it. Although this was a challenge that ultimately failed, its legacy of ideas about invention, inventors, and the history of the industrial revolution remains highly influential.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521873703
ISBN-10: 0521873703
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 476
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Heroes of Invention by Christine MacLeod Heroes of Invention, Paperback (June 2010)

An innovative study of why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain.

Inventing the Industrial Revolution by Christine MacLeod Inventing the Industrial Revolution, Paperback (May 2002)

This book examines the development of the English patent system and its relationship with technical change between 1660 and 1800.

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Author Biography - Christine MacLeod

Christine MacLeod is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol. She is the author of Inventing the Industrial Revolution: the English Patent System, 1660-1800 (1988).

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