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Technics and civilization

Author: Lewis Mumford
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, [1963]
Series: A Harvest book
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.
Technics and civilization.
New York, Harcourt, Brace & World [1963]
(OCoLC)595874445
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis Mumford
ISBN: 015688254X 9780156882545
OCLC Number: 275942
Notes: "A Harbinger book."
Description: 495 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Machines, utilities and the "The Machine" --
Monastery and the clock --
Spaces, distance, movement --
Influence of capitalism --
From fable to fact --
Obstacle of animism --
Road through magic --
Social regimentation --
Mechanical universe --
Duty to invent --
Practical anticipations --Chapter II --
Profile of Technics --
De Re Metallica --
Mining and modern capitalism --
Primitive engineer --
From game-hunt to man-hunt --
warfare and invention --
Military mass-production --
Drill and deterioration --
Mars and Venus --
Consumptive pull and productive drive --
Chapter III Eotechnic Phase --
Technical Syncretism --
Technological complex --
New sources of power --
Trunk, plank and spar --
Through a glass brightly --
Glass and the ego --
Primary inventions --
Weakness and strength --
Chapter IV Paleotechnic phase --
England's belated leadership --
New barbarism --
Carboniferous capitalism --
Steam engine --
Blood and iron --
Destructionof environment --
Degradation of the worker --
Starvation of life --Doctrine of progress --
Struggle for existence --
Class and Nation --
Empire of muddle --
Power and time --
Esthetic compensation --
Mechanical triumphs --
Paleotechnic passage --
Chapter V Neotechnic phase --
Beginnings of neotechnics --
Importance of science --
New sources of energy --
Displacement of the Proletariat --
Neotechnic materials --
power and mobility --
Paradox of communication --
New permanent record --
Light and life --
Influence of biology --
Destruction of conservation --
Planning of population --
Present pseudomorph --
Chapter VI Compensations and reversions --
Summary of social reactions --
Mechanical routine --
Purposeless materialism: superfluous power --
Co-operation versus slavery --
Direct attack on the machine --
Romantic and utilitarian --
Cult of the past --
Return to nature --
Organic and Mechanical polarities --
Sport and the "Bitch-goddess" --
Cult of death --
Minor shock-absorbers --
Resistance and adjustment --
Chapter VII Assimilation of the machine --
New cultural values --
Neutrality of order --
Esthetic experience of the machine --
Photography as means and symbol --
Growth of functionalism --
Simplification of the environment --
Objective personality --
Chapter VIII Orientation --
Dissolution of "the machine" --
Toward an organic ideology --
Elements of social energetics --
Increase conversion --
Economize production --
Normalize consumption --
Basic communism --
Socialize creation --
Work for automaton and amateur --
Political Control --
Diminution of the machine --
Toward a dynamic equilibrium --
Summary and prospect --
Inventions
Series Title: A Harvest book
Responsibility: Lewis Mumford.

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