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Description - Engineering the Revolution by Ken Alder

"Engineering the Revolution" documents the forging of a new relationship between technology and politics in Revolutionary France, and the inauguration of a distinctively modern form of the 'technological life'. Here, Ken Alder rewrites the history of the eighteenth century as the total history of one particular artifact - the gun - by offering a novel and historical account of how material artifacts emerge as the outcome of political struggle. By expanding the 'political' to include conflict over material objects, this volume rethinks the nature of engineering rationality, the origins of mass production, the rise of meritocracy, and our interpretation of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226012643
ISBN-10: 0226012646
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ken Alder

Ken Alder is the Milton H. Wilson Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error that Transformed the World and The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession.

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