Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society, 1880-1930
Awarded the Dexter Prize by the Society for the History of Technology, this book offers a comparative history of the evolution of modern electric power systems. It described large-scale technological change and demonstrates that technology cannot be understood unless placed in a cultural context.
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Invention and Development
Reverse Salients and Critical Problems
Conflict and Resolution 706
The Coordination of Technology and Politics
The Dominance of Technology
The Primacy of Politics
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