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Technics and civilization

Author: Lewis Mumford
Publisher: New York [New York] : Harcourt, Brace and Company, [1934] ©1934
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Technics and Civilization' first presented its compelling history of the machine and critical study of its effects on civilization in 1934 <U+2014> before television, the personal computer, and the Internet. Drawing upon art, science, philosophy, and the history of culture, Lewis Mumford explained the origin of the machine age and traced its social results, asserting that the development of modern technology  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.
Technics and civilization.
New York, [N.Y.] : Harcourt, Brace and Co., ©1934
(OCoLC)568922115
Online version:
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.
Technics and civilization.
New York, [N.Y.] : Harcourt, Brace and Co., ©1934
(OCoLC)609089432
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis Mumford
OCLC Number: 560667
Notes: "First edition."
Description: xi, 495 pages, 15 unnumbered leaves of plates : frontispiece, illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Cultural preparation --
Agents of mechanization --
The eotechnic phase --
The paleotechnic phase --
The neotechnic phase --
Compensations and revisions --
Assimilation of the machine --
Orientation.
Responsibility: by Lewis Mumford.

Abstract:

'Technics and Civilization' first presented its compelling history of the machine and critical study of its effects on civilization in 1934 <U+2014> before television, the personal computer, and the Internet. Drawing upon art, science, philosophy, and the history of culture, Lewis Mumford explained the origin of the machine age and traced its social results, asserting that the development of modern technology had its roots in the Middle Ages rather than the Industrial Revolution. Mumford sagely argued that it was the moral, economic, and political choices we made, not the machines that we used, that determined our then industrially driven economy. Equal parts powerful history and polemic criticism, 'Technics and Civilization' was the first comprehensive attempt in English to portray the development of the machine age over the last thousand years <U+2014> and to predict the pull the technological still holds over us today.

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