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Author Alder, Ken.

Title Engineering the Revolution : arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815 / Ken Alder.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1997.


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 UniM Bail  944.04 ALDE    Recently returned
Physical description xvi, 476 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: A Revolution of Engineers? -- Pt. 1. Engineering Design: Capital into Coercion, 1763-1793. Ch. 1. The Last Argument of the King. Ch. 2. A Social Epistemology of Enlightenment Engineering. Ch. 3. Design and Deployment -- Pt. 2. Engineering Production: Coercion into Capital, 1763-1793. Ch. 4. The Tools of Practical Reason. Ch. 5. The Saint-Etienne Armory: Musket-Making and the End of the Ancien Regime. Ch. 6. Inventing Interchangeability: Mechanical Ideals, Political Realities -- Pt. 3. Engineering Society: Technocracy and Revolution, 1794-1815. Ch. 7. The Machine in the Revolution. Ch. 8. Terror, Technocracy: Thermidor. Ch. 9. Technological Amnesia and the Entrepreneurial Order.
Summary The French Revolution and Industrial Revolution together inaugurated the modern era. But recent historical "revisionists" have divorced eighteenth-century material conditions from concurrent political struggles. This book's anti-teleological approach repudiates technological determinism to document the forging of a new relationship between technology and politics in Revolutionary France. It does so through the history of a particular artifact - the gun. Expanding the "political" to include conflict over material objects, Ken Alder rethinks the nature of engineering rationality, the origins of mass production, and our interpretation of the French Revolution.
Subject Artillery -- Technological innovations -- France -- History -- 18th century.
Military engineers -- France -- Political activity -- History -- 18th century.
Enlightenment -- France -- Influence.
Technology and civilization -- Political aspects -- France.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence.
France -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815.
France -- History, Military -- 1789-1815.
ISBN 0691026718 (cl : alk. paper)