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- DescriptionRichard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev's famous kitchen debate in 1958 involved more than the virtues of American appliances. Both Nixon and Khrushchev recognized the political symbolism of the modern kitchen; the kind of techlogical invation represented in this everyday context spoke to the political system that produced it. The kitchen connects the big politics of politicians and statesmen to the small politics of users and interest groups. Cold War Kitchen looks at the kitchen as material object and symbol, considering the politics and the practices of one of the most famous techlogical icons of the twentieth century. Defining the kitchen as a complex techlogical artifact as important as computers, cars, and nuclear missiles, the book examines the ways in which a range of social actors in Europe shaped the kitchen as both ideological construct and material practice. These actors -- from manufacturers and modernist architects to housing reformers and feminists -- constructed and domesticated the techlogical invations of the postwar kitchen. The home became a mediation junction in which women users and others felt free to advise producers from the consumer's point of view. In essays illustrated by striking period photographs, the contributors to Cold War Kitchen consider such topics as Soviet consumers' ambivalent responses to the American dream kitchen argued over by Nixon and Khrushchev; the Frankfurter Kuche, a European modernist kitchen of the interwar period (and its export to Turkey when its designer fled the Nazis); and the British state-subsidized kitchen design so invative that it was mistaken for a luxury American product. The concluding essays challenge the received wisdom of past interpretations of the kitchen debate.
- Author BiographyKarin Zachmann is Professor of History of Technology at the Central Institute for the History of Technology, Technical University Munich.
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication11/02/2011
- SubjectHouse & Home
- Series TitleInside Technology
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note44 figures
- Weight635 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byKarin Zachmann,Ruth Oldenziel
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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