Victorian technology : invention, innovation, and the rise of the machine

by Sussman, Herbert L.

Format: Print Book 2009
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction T26.G7 S95 2009
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  T26.G7 S95 2009

An enlightening history of 19th-century technology, focusing on the connections between invention and cultural values.

Victorian Technology: Invention, Innovation, and the Rise of the Machine captures the extraordinary surge of energy and invention that catapulted 19th-century England into the position of the world's first industrialized nation. It was an astonishing transformation, one that shaped--and was shaped by--the values of the Victorian era, and that laid the groundwork for the consumer-based society in which we currently live.

Filled with vivid details and fascinating insights into the impact of the Industrial Revolution on peoples' lives, Victorian Technology locates the forerunners of the defining technologies of the our time in 19th-century England: the computer, the Internet, mass transit, and mass communication. Readers will encounter the innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs behind history-making breakthroughs in communications (the transatlantic cable, wireless communication), mass production (the integrated factory), transportation (railroads, gliders, automobiles), and more.

A chronology marking dates of important inventions and innovations, the passage of laws relating to finance and working conditions, workers' organizations, and transformations in warfare. Detailed drawings and photographs of inventions and structures, such as the locomotive, steam engine, iron bridges and railways stations, the Crystal Palace, and the Victorian computer
Additional Information
Series Victorian life and times.
Subjects Technology -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Machinery -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Inventions -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Technological innovations -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Publisher Santa Barbara, Calif. :Praeger,2009
Language English
Description xviii, 169 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [161]-165) and index.
ISBN 9780275991692 (hardcover)
0275991695 (hardcover)
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