The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton
The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton
The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton
The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton

The Shock of the Old

Technology and Global History Since 1900

by David Edgerton

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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 unrecognized 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.
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