Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815

Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815

Ken Alder / Apr 09, 2020

Engineering the Revolution Arms and Enlightenment in France 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

  • Title: Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815
  • Author: Ken Alder
  • ISBN: 9780226012643
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofEngineering 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, the origins of mass production, the rise of meritocracy, and our interpretation of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.

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    1. This is one of the most ambitious book I've read in a while. Alder tackles the origins of engineering as a discipline, the purported inevitability of interchangeable parts and mass production, and the formation of the French Revolutionary state through the artifact of the gun (both artillery and muskets). Taking as a starting point Langon Winner's question "Do artefacts have politics?", Alder demonstrates that mastery over the 'thick' world of material objects via mechanical drawings, mathematic [...]


    2. This is a book about how Napoleon and others coopted the technical elites in France to help secure their success in the French Revolution and the wars that accompanied it. I am not a specialist on French Revolution historiography but this book was very influential in criticizing certain stereotypes that had grown up around the revolution. To me, the book provides a rare link between politics an economy and thus is richer than your tradition political or military history. It also helps explain th [...]


    3. A fantastic book!!! Very relevant to my dissertation. Alder makes important connections between the development of knowledge and political concerns. Technology cannot be understood without taking into account the motives and interests of the creators. Also several key examples of the state-building and nationalism. No time for a complete review but I am glad I stumbled on this work.


    4. Focuses on the technological, social, and political aspects of retooling the French military to better fight in the future, which is important for later dominance under Napoleon's rule.


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