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Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution.

Levin, Miriam R.

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Cambridge, MA:. The MIT Press, 2010. Hardcover. Dustjacket. 288 pp.- At the close of the nineteenth century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. Urban Modernity examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture--an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The authors show that this invention of modernity was brought about through the efforts of urban elites--businessmen, industrialists, and officials--to establish new science- and technology-related institutions. International expositions, museums, and other such institutions and projects helped stem the economic and social instability fueled by industrialization, projecting the past and the future as part of a steady continuum of scientific and technical progress. The authors examine the dynamic connecting urban planning, museums, educational institutions, and expositions in Paris, London, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo from 1870 to 1930. In Third Republic Paris, politicians, administrators, social scientists, architects, and engineers implemented the future city through a series of commissions, agencies, and organizations; in rapidly expanding London, cultures of science and technology were both rooted in and constitutive of urban culture; in Chicago after the Great Fire, Commercial Club members pursued civic ideals through scientific and technological change; in Berlin, industry, scientific institutes, and the popularization of science helped create a modern metropolis; and in Meiji-era Tokyo (Edo), modernization and Westernization went hand in hand. Book may have a remainder mark. Condition : very good. English text. Condition : as new copyISBN 9780262013987[KEYWORDS: HISTORY, pictures*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 230923

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At the close of the nineteenth century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. Urban Modernity examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture--an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The authors show that this invention of modernity was brought about through the efforts of urban elites--businessmen, industrialists, and officials--to establish new science- and technology-related institutions. International expositions, museums, and other such institutions and projects helped stem the economic and social instability fueled by industrialization, projecting the past and the future as part of a steady continuum of scientific and technical progress. The authors examine the dynamic connecting urban planning, museums, educational institutions, and expositions in Paris, London, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo from 1870 to 1930. In Third Republic Paris, politicians, administrators, social scientists, architects, and engineers implemented the future city through a series of commissions, agencies, and organizations; in rapidly expanding London, cultures of science and technology were both rooted in and constitutive of urban culture; in Chicago after the Great Fire, Commercial Club members pursued civic ideals through scientific and technological change; in Berlin, industry, scientific institutes, and the popularization of science helped create a modern metropolis; and in Meiji-era Tokyo (Edo), modernization and Westernization went hand in hand.

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Robert H. Kargon is Willis K. Shepard Professor of the History of Science at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Rise of Robert Millikan: A Life in American Science and other books.



Miriam R. Levin is Professor of History and Art History at Case Western Reserve University. Sophie Forgan is on the faculty of Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England. Martina Hessler is Professor of Society and Technology at the University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany. Robert H. Kargon is Professor of the History of Science at Johns Hopkins University. Morris Low is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Queensland.



Morris Low is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Queensland.



Martina Hessler is Professor of Society and Technology at the University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main, Germany.



Miriam R. Levin is Professor of History and Art History at Case Western Reserve University.



Sophie Forgan is on the faculty of Teesside University, Middlesbrough, England.

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