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- DescriptionThis invative study adopts a distinct 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 hours, and contends there was decline in the industrial nation's self-esteem before 1914. In a period torious for hero-worship, the veneration of inventors might seem unremarkable, were it t 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 ecomic and political liberals to impoverished scientists and radical artisans, who deployed their heroic reputation, t 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 of ideas about invention, inventors, and the history of the industrial revolution remains highly influential.
- Author BiographyChristine MacLeod is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the School of Humanities, University of Bristol. She is the author of Inventing the Industrial Revolution: the English Patent System, 1660-1800 (1988).
- PrizesWinner of Edelstein Prize for an Outstanding Book on the History of Technology 2008.
- Author(s)Christine MacLeod
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication20/12/2007
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Economic History: Second Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note52 b/w illus.
- Weight870 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine30 mm
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