Engineering the Revolution : Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815
By: Alder, Ken.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2010Description: 1 online resource (494 p.).ISBN: 9780226012650.Subject(s): Artillery -- Technological innovations -- France -- History -- 18th century | Enlightenment -- France -- Influence | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence | France -- History, Military -- 1789-1815 | France -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815 | Military engineers -- Political activity -- France -- History -- 18th century | Technology and civilization -- Political aspects -- FranceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Engineering the Revolution : Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815DDC classification: 944.04 LOC classification: DC151 | .A434 2010Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Revolution of Engineers?; Part One: Engineering Design: Capital into Coercion, 1763-1793; 1. The Last Argument of the King; 2. A Social Epistemology of Enlightenment Engineering; 3. Design and Deployment; Part Two: Engineering Production: Coercion into Capital, 1763-1793; 4. The Tools of Practical Reason; 5. The Saint-Etienne Armory: Musket-Making and the End of the Ancien Regime; 6. Inventing Interchangeability: Mechanical Ideals, Political Realities
Part Three: Engineering Society: Technocracy and Revolution, 1794-18157. The Machine in the Revolution; 8. Terror, Technocracy, Thermidor; 9. Technological Amnesia and the Entrepreneurial Order; Conclusion; Abbreviations; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Engineering the Revolution documents the forging of a new relationship between technology and politics in Revolutionary France, and the inauguration of a distinctively modern form of the "technological life." Here, Ken Alder rewrites the history of the eighteenth century as the total history of one particular artifact-the gun-by offering a novel and historical account of how material artifacts emerge as the outcome of political struggle. By expanding the "political" to include conflict over material objects, this volume rethinks the nature of engineering rationality,
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