3rd Edition

Technology and American Society
A History





ISBN 9781138090347
Published December 19, 2018 by Routledge
378 Pages - 91 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Providing a global perspective on the development of American technology, Technology and American Society offers a historical narrative detailing major technological transformations over the last three centuries. With coverage devoted to both dramatic breakthroughs and incremental innovations, authors Gary Cross and Rick Szostak analyze the cause-and-effect relationship of technological change and its role in the constant drive for improvement and modernization. This fully-updated 3rd edition extends coverage of industry, home, office, agriculture, transport, constructions, and services into the twenty-first century, concluding with a new chapter on recent electronic and technological advances. Technology and American Society remains the ideal introduction to the myriad interactions of technological advancement with social, economic, cultural, and military change throughout the course of American history.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 WORKING THE LAND IN PREINDUSTRIAL EUROPE AND AMERICA

CHAPTER 2 MEN AND WOMEN WORKING IN SHOPS AND HOMES BEFORE INDUSTRIALIZATION

CHAPTER 3 ORIGINS OF INDUSTRIALIZATION

CHAPTER 4 THE BIRTH OF THE FACTORY

CHAPTER 5 IRON, STEAM AND RAILS

CHAPTER 6 MACHINES AND THEIR MASS PRODUCTION

CHAPTER 7 MACHINES ON THE FARM AND IN THE FOREST, 1800-1940

CHAPTER 8 AMERICANS CONFRONT A MECHANICAL WORLD, 1780-1900

CHAPTER 9 THE SECOND INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

CHAPTER 10 TECHNOLOGY AND THE MODERN CORPORATION

CHAPTER 11 TECHNOLOGY AND WAR, 1770-1918

CHAPTER 12 THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON WOMEN’S WORK

CHAPTER 13 THE NEW FACTORY

CHAPTER 14 INNOVATION AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION, 1918-40

CHAPTER 15 THE AUTOMOBILE AND ITS CULTURE

CHAPTER 16 MECHANIZING SIGHT AND SOUND

CHAPTER 17 WIRELESS ELECTRONIC MEDIA IN THE HOME

CHAPTER 18 AIRPLANES AND ATOMS IN PEACE AND WAR

CHAPTER 19 THE POSTWAR ADVANCE OF TECHNOLOGY

CHAPTER 20 THE DIGITAL AGE

CHAPTER 21 MODERN AMERICANS IN A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD

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Author(s)

Biography

Gary Cross is Distinguished Professor of Modern History at Pennsylvania State University, USA

Rick Szostak is Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of Alberta, USA