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Subject: Histoire des techniques
[Athena] Parution : Heroes of Invention. Technology, Liberalism and British Identity
- From: Liliane Pérez <liliane.perez AT wanadoo.fr>
- To: "'ATHENA'" <athena AT services.cnrs.fr>
- Subject: [Athena] Parution : Heroes of Invention. Technology, Liberalism and British Identity
- Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:37:47 +0100
Christine MacLeod, professeur à l’Université de Bristol, a récemment publié : Heroes of Invention. Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750–1914, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007. Vous trouverez les détails sur le site des CUP, je joins seulement un résumé et la liste des chapitres.
This innovative study adopts a completely new perspective on both the industrial revolution and nineteenth-century British culture. It investigates why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain, attested by numerous monuments, biographies, and honors, and contends there was no decline in the industrial nation's self-esteem before 1914. In a period notorious for hero-worship, the veneration of inventors might seem unremarkable, were it not for their previous disparagement and the relative neglect suffered by their twentieth-century successors. Christine MacLeod argues that inventors became figureheads of various nineteenth-century factions, from economic and political liberals to impoverished scientists, and radical artisans, who deployed their heroic reputation, not least to challenge the aristocracy's hold on power and the militaristic national identity that bolstered it. Although this was a challenge that ultimately failed, its legacy for present-day ideas about invention, inventors, and the history of the industrial revolution remains highly influential.
• Sheds new light on the industrial revolution and nineteenth-century British culture • Integrates the history of technology with British political and cultural history • Will appeal to scholars of British economic, social and cultural historyContents
1. Introduction: inventors and other heroes; 2. The new Prometheus; 3. The inventor's progress; 4. The apotheosis of James Watt; 5. Watt, inventor of the Industrial Revolution; 6. 'What's Watt?' The radical critique; 7. The technological pantheon; 8. Heroes of the Pax Britannica; 9. Debating the patent system; 10. The workers' heroes; 11. Maintaining the industrial spirit; 12. Science and the disappearing inventor; Epilogue: The Victorian legacy.
- [Athena] Parution : Heroes of Invention. Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, Liliane Pérez, 03/21/2008
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