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Technology and Society

Technology and Society
A World History


  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108425605

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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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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108425605
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • 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

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