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Made in the USA : the rise and retreat of American manufacturing

Author: Vaclav Smil
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2013] ©2013
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smil, Vaclav.
Made in the USA.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012051393
(OCoLC)827115497
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vaclav Smil
ISBN: 9780262316743 0262316749 9781461938026 1461938023
OCLC Number: 857347388
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 263 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Why manufacturing matters. Manufactured societies ; Manufacturing and service economies --
The ascent, 1865-1940. Creating the modern world, 1865-1899 ; American steel ; The Edisonian electric system ; Manufacturing for the Information Age ; The decades of consolidation, 1900-1940 ; Electrification of industries and households ; Modern industrial production : mass and efficiency ; Manufacturing during the Great Depression --
Dominance, 1941-1973. World War II and its immediate aftermath, 1941-1947 ; Mobilizing for war ; Old and new weapons ; The beginnings of the computer era ; A quarter century of superiority, 1948-1973 ; The first mass consumption society ; Automation, computers, and microchips ; Manufacturing strengths and problems --
The retreat, 1974- . Signs of weakness, 1974-1990 ; Energy in manufacturing ; Problems in the auto industry ; Electronic triumphs and defeats ; Multiple failures, 1991-2012 ; Sectoral losses and capitulations ; The myth of high-tech dominance ; "Made in China" and the Walmart Nation --
The past and the future. Successes and challenges ; The achievements of American manufacturing ; Failures and problems ; Global competition : never a level playing field ; Should anything be done? ; Calls for change ; Exporting goods ; Encountering limits --
Chances of success.
Responsibility: Vaclav Smil.

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