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Since the first world's fair in London in 1851, at the dawn of the era of industrialization, international expositions served as ideal platforms for rival nations to showcase their advancements in design, architecture, science and technology, industry, and politics. Before the outbreak of World War II, countries competing for leadership on the world stage waged a different kind of war--with cultural achievements and propaganda--appealing to their own national strengths and versions of modernity in the struggle for power. Most of the existing literature about world's fairs tends to focus either on one particular event, or only on fairs in the US. Modernity on Display takes a novel approach by studying five fairs and expositions from across the globe, and before the Second World War--including three that took place (Paris, 1937; Dusseldorf, 1937; and New York, 1939), and two that were in development before the war began (Tokyo, 1940; and Rome, 1942). It is one of the first books to consider representations of science and technology at world's fairs as influential cultural forces, and at a critical moment in history, when tensions and ideological divisions between political regimes would soon lead to war.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. p. 2
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chapter One: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter Two: Modernity a la Francaise
  2. pp. 7-29
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  1. Chapter Three: Fantasies of Consumption at Schaffendes Volk: National Socialism and the Four-Year Plan
  2. pp. 30-56
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  1. Chapter Four: Whose Modernity? Utopia and Coomerce at the 1939 New York World's Fair
  2. pp. 57-82
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  1. Chapter Five: Modernity on Dispaly: The 1940 Grand International Exposition of Japan
  2. pp. 83-107
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  1. Chapter Six: EUR: Mussolini's Appian Way to Modernity
  2. pp. 108-137
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  1. Chapter Seven: Refining Cultural Conflict: The First Postwar International Exposition
  2. pp. 138-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-178
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 179-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-206
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 207-207
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822981145
Related ISBN
9780822944447
MARC Record
OCLC
933516797
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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