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Shock Of The Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Paperback)
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Shock Of The Old: Technology and Global History since 1900 (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 10/01/2008
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This first ever history of technology casts aside the usual stories of inventions and focuses instead on what people actually use. It reassesses the relationship of technology and society, using unrecognised examples such as Spanish synthetic petrol, Japanese rickshaws, American gas chambers, Soviet tractors and Turkish battleships. We do not live in an era of ever increasing change, and the most important technologies of the twenty first century are often overlooked today. Drawing on political, economic and cultural history, The Shock of the Old dispels misplaced futurism and exemplifies a radical new way of looking at our world.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781861973061
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


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So the new is old, and the old is new! Marvellous stuff, and absolutely spot-on. * Simon Jenkins *
he eviscerates our obsession with novelty... -- Hugh Pearman * The Sunday Times *
newfangled things are sexy, but how significant are they?...Edgerton provides a corrective by emphasising some of the overlooked technologies that affect the lives of many. -- John Sparks * Newsweek *
David Edgerton's The Shock of the Old is a book I can use. I can take it in two hands and bash it over the heads of every techno-nerd, computer geek and neophiliac futurologist I meet. -- Simon Jenkins * Guardian *
...iconoclastic and thought-provoking book...he makes a strong case that accords with what Virgil identified around 25BC as a definitive human characteristic. Our lives consist of semper cedentia retro: always going forwards backwards. * The Times *
It's rare for a book to make you see the world differently, but this alternative history does exactly that on almost every page. * Guardian *

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