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- DescriptionThis book examines the obsession for new techlogy that swept through Britain and Germany between 1890 and 1945. Drawing on a wide range of popular contemporary writings and pictorial material, it explains how, despite frequently feeling overwhelmed by invations, Germans and Britons nurtured a long-lasting fascination for aviation, glamorous passenger liners and film as they lived through profound social transformations and two vicious wars. Public discussions about these 'modern wonders' were torn between fears of vel risks and cultural decay on the one hand, and passionate support generated by nationalism and social fantasies on the other. While the investigation focuses on tensions between techphobia and euphoria, the book also examines the relationship between responses to techlogy and the differing political cultures in Britain and Germany before and after 1933. This invative study will prove invaluable reading to anyone interested in comparative cultural history as well as the history of techlogy.
- Author BiographyBernhard Rieger is Assistant Professor of History at the International University Bremen. He has coedited Meanings of Modernity: Britain from the Late-Victorian Era to World War II (2001) with Martin J. Daunton.
- Author(s)Bernhard Rieger
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication08/01/2009
- SubjectInventions & Technology: General Interest
- Series TitleNew Studies in European History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note10 b/w illus.
- Weight490 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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