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Technology and Society
A World History

  • Date Published: November 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108441087


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  • Technology and Society: A World History explores the creative power of humanity from the age of stone tools to the digital revolution. It introduces technology as a series of systems that allowed us to solve real-world problems and create a global civilization. The history of technology is also the history of the intellectual and cultural place of our tools and devices. With a broad view of technology, we can see that some of the most powerful technologies such as education and government produce no physical object but have allowed us to coordinate our inventive skills and pass knowledge through the ages. Yet although all human communities depend on technology, there are unexpected consequences from the use of technology which, as Ede shows, form a crucial part of this rich story.

    • Technology is presented as a system, not as a series of objects
    • Readers gain an appreciation of the historical importance of both intellectual ability and community action
    • Integrates discussion of a range of philosophical and historiographical positions with common historical conditions of change
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    'Sweeping, scholarly and clear, Andrew Ede's Technology and Society: A World History is the book that many historians of technology have been waiting for: a lively, well-researched text for those who aim to teach a more global story of the built world, and one reaching back to the origins of humanity.' Matthew H. Hersch, Harvard University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108441087
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus. 4 maps 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: thinking about technology
    2. Technology and our ancient ancestors
    3. Origins of civilizations
    4. The Eastern age
    5. The Mediterranean world to the Islamic Renaissance
    6. The European agrarian revolution and the proto-industrial revolution
    7. The Industrial Revolution and the rise of European power
    8. The Atlantic era I
    9. Domestic technology: bringing new technology to the people
    10. The second Industrial Revolution and globalization
    11. The digital age
    12. Conclusion: technological challenges

  • Author

    Andrew Ede, University of Alberta
    Andrew Ede is a historian of science and technology whose research focuses on the intersection of science and technology in the twentieth century. He is the Director and founder of the Science, Technology and Society Program at the University of Alberta. Professor Ede earned his doctorate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. With Lesley B. Cormack, he is the co-author of the best-selling A History of Science in Society (3rd edition, 2016). He is a member of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, the History of Science Society, and the Society for the History of Technology, and was the program coordinator for the Three Societies Meeting in 2016.

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