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Histories of Technology, the Environment and Modern Britain brings together historians with a wide range of interests to take a uniquely wide-lens view of how technology and the environment have been intimately and irreversibly entangled in Britain over the last 300 years. It combines, for the first time, two perspectives with much to say about Britain since the industrial revolution: the history of technology and environmental history. Technologies are modified environments, just as nature is to varying extents engineered. Furthermore, technologies and our living and non-living environment are both predominant material forms of organisation – and self-organisation – that surround and make us. Both have changed over time, in intersecting ways. Technologies discussed in the collection include bulldozers, submarine cables, automobiles, flood barriers, medical devices, museum displays and biotechnologies. Environments investigated include bogs, cities, farms, places of natural beauty and pollution, land and sea. The book explores this diversity but also offers an integrated framework for understanding these intersections.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Figures
  2. p. ix
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. 1. Technology, environment and modern Britain: historiography and intersections
  2. Jon Agar
  3. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Encroaching Irish bogland frontiers: science, policy and aspirations from the 1770s to the 1840s
  2. Esa Ruuskanen
  3. pp. 22-40
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  1. 3. Landscape with bulldozer: machines, modernity and environment in post-war Britain
  2. Ralph Harrington
  3. pp. 41-61
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  1. 4. Locality and contamination along the transnational asbestos commodity chain
  2. Jessica van Horssen
  3. pp. 62-75
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  1. 5. A machine in the garden: the compressed air bath and the nineteenth-century health resort
  2. Jennifer Wallis
  3. pp. 76-100
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  1. 6. The Agriculture Gallery: displaying modern farming in the Science Museum
  2. David Matless
  3. pp. 101-122
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  1. 7. About Britain: driving the landscape of Britain (at speed?)
  2. Tim Cole
  3. pp. 123-141
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  1. 8. Crops in a machine: industrialising barley breeding in twentieth-century Britain
  2. Matthew Holmes
  3. pp. 142-160
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  1. 9. Plants are technologies
  2. Dominic J. Berry
  3. pp. 161-185
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  1. 10. Oceanscapes and spacescapes in North Atlantic communications
  2. Jacob Ward
  3. pp. 186-205
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  1. 11. The Thames Barrier: climate change, shipping and the transition to a new envirotechnical regime
  2. Matthew Kelly
  3. pp. 206-229
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  1. 12. The woods for the state
  2. Mat Paskins
  3. pp. 230-251
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  1. 13. The UK government’s environmentalism: Britain, NATO and the origins of environmental diplomacy
  2. Simone Turchetti
  3. pp. 252-270
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  1. 14. Simulating the global environment: the British Government’s response to The Limits to Growth
  2. Thomas Turnbull
  3. pp. 271-299
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 300-337
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 338-342
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781911576570
Related ISBN(s)
9781911576587
MARC Record
OCLC
1033747250
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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