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Pursell, Carroll W.

Works: 80 works in 338 publications in 4 languages and 12,694 library holdings
Genres: History  Bibliography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: T21, 609.73
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Most widely held works about Carroll W Pursell
Most widely held works by Carroll W Pursell
The machine in America : a social history of technology by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

28 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the medieval farm implements brought by the first colonists to the invisible links of the Internet, the history of technology in America is a history of our society as well. Arguing that "the tools and processes we use are a part of our lives, not simply instruments of our purpose," historian Carroll Pursell analyzes technology's impact upon the lives of women and men, their work, politics, and social relationships--and in turn, their influence upon technological development. Pursell shows how both the idea of progress and the mechanical means to harness the forces of nature developed and changed as they were brought from the Old World to the New. He describes the ways in which American industrial and agricultural technology began to take on a distinctive shape as it adapted and extended the technical base of the industrial revolution. He discusses the innovation of an American System of Manufactures and the mechanization of agriculture new systems of mining, lumbering, and farming, which helped conquer and define the West and the technologies that shaped the rise of cities. And he shows how the export of technology helped to foster American hegemony both in theWestern Hemisphere and elsewhere in the world. Pursell also argues that American technology has created a social hegemony, not only over the way we live but also over how we evaluate that life. He shows that such developments as scientific management techniques and industrial research changed Americans' lives as much as the mass production of such durable consumer goods as radios and automobiles. In many ways, he concludes, today's military-industrial complex is the legacy of the intense cooperation between science and technology during World War II. --From publisher's description
Technology in Western civilization by Melvin Kranzberg( Book )

60 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the history of development in technology from pre-historic times to the present day and its effect on social institutions
Technology in America : a history of individuals and ideas by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

51 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 1,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays trace the contribution of various individuals to the evolution of technology in America
Technology in postwar America : a history by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

10 editions published in 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Carroll Pursell tells the story of the evolution of American technology since World War II. His history links pop culture icons with landmarks in technological innovation and shows how postwar politics left their mark on everything from television, automobiles, and genetically engineered crops to contraceptives, Tupperware, and the Veg-O-Matic." "Just as America's domestic and international policies became inextricably linked during the Cold War, so did the nation's public and private technologies. The spread of the suburbs fed into demands for an interstate highway system, which itself became implicated in urban renewal projects. Fear of slipping into a postwar economic depression was offset by the creation of "a consumers' republic" in which buying and using consumer goods became the ultimate act of citizenship and a symbol of an "American Way of Life."" "Pursell begins with the events of World War II and the increasing belief that technological progress and the science that supported it held the key to a stronger, richer, and happier America. He looks at the effect of returning American servicemen and servicewomen and the Marshall Plan, which sought to integrate Western Europe into America's economic, business, and technological structure. He considers the accumulating "problems" associated with American technological supremacy, which, by the end of the 1960s, led to a crisis of confidence." "Pursell concludes with an analysis of how consumer technologies create a cultural understanding that makes political technologies acceptable and even seem inevitable, while those same political technologies provide both form and content for the technologies found at home and at work. By understanding this history, Pursell hopes to advance a better understanding of the postwar American self."--Jacket
The military-industrial complex by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early stationary steam engines in America; a study in the migration of a technology by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

7 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in technology and American life by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

8 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

White heat by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and Dutch and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Pursell explores technology not as a succession of gadgets and gizmos but as a study of how society's values are embedded in them. Written to accompany a major television series and illustrated with some surprising and fascinating photographs, his book reveals a new layer of meaning to the devices, tools and machines which have been developed throughout human history
A companion to American technology by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Companion to American Technology is a groundbreaking collection of original essays that analyze the hard-to-define phenomenon of "technology" in America. Taking a broadly historiographical approach, twenty-one leading scholars explore important features of American technology, including developments in automobiles, television, and computing." "Scholars of American technology, as well as students, journalists, and general readers will find this a compelling look at America's machinery, industry, and technophilic culture."--Jacket
From conservation to ecology: the development of environmental concern by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From playgrounds to PlayStation : the interaction of technology and play by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, senior historian of technology Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play? From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American culture. Pursell engagingly examines the ways in which technology affects play and play shapes people. The objects that children (and adults) play with and play on, along with their games and the hobbies they pursue, can reinforce but also challenge gender roles and cultural norms. Inventors--who often talk about "playing" at their work, as if motivated by the pure fun of invention--have used new materials and technologies to reshape sports and gameplay, sometimes even crafting new, extreme forms of recreation, but always responding to popular demand. Drawing from a range of sources, including scholarly monographs, patent records, newspapers, and popular and technical journals, the book covers numerous modes and sites of play. Pursell touches on the safety-conscious playground reform movement, the dazzling mechanical innovations that gave rise to commercial amusement parks, and the media's colorful promotion of toys, pastimes, and sporting events. Along the way, he shows readers how technology enables the forms, equipment, and devices of play to evolve constantly, both reflecting consumer choices and driving innovators and manufacturers to promote toys that involve entirely new kinds of play--from LEGOs and skateboards to beading kits and videogames."--Publisher's description
A hammer in their hands : a documentary history of technology and the African-American experience by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'A Hammer in Their Hands' collects newspaper & magazine articles, advertisements for runaway slaves, letters, folklore, excerpts from biography & fiction, legal patents, protest pamphlets, & other primary sources to document the technological achievements of African Americans
American technology( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A preliminary list of references for the history of agricultural science and technology in the United States, compiled and edited by Carroll W. Pursell, Jr. and Earl M. Rogers by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

4 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de la tecnología la técnica en Occidente de la Prehistoria a 1900( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in Spanish and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technology in western civilization by Melvin Kranzberg( Book )

8 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilroy's Old City Hall, 1906-1989-- by Angela Woollacott( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Astronomy in America by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

4 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two mills on Red Clay Creek in the 19th century: the Faulkland spice mill and the Greenbank mill, New Castle County, Delaware by Carroll W Pursell( Book )

3 editions published between 1964 and 1965 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The machine in America : a social history of technology
Alternative Names
Carroll W. Pursell American historian of technology

Carroll W. Pursell Amerikaans techniekhistoricus

Carroll W. Pursell US-amerikanischer Historiker

Pursell, Caroll W. 1932-

Pursell, Carroll

Pursell, Carroll 1932-

Pursell, Carroll W.

Pursell, Carroll W., 1932-

Pursell, Carroll W. Jr

Pursell, Carroll Wirth 1932-

Pursell, Carroll Wirth 1932- Junior

Pursell, Carroll Wirth Jr. 1932-

Pursell, Carroll Wirth Junior 1932-

Wirth Pursell, Carroll 1932-

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English (246)

Spanish (8)

Dutch (2)

Italian (1)

Technology in America : a history of individuals and ideasTechnology in postwar America : a historyWhite heatA companion to American technologyA hammer in their hands : a documentary history of technology and the African-American experienceAmerican technology