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Nye, David E. 1946-

Works: 86 works in 436 publications in 4 languages and 18,699 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Cross-cultural studies  Chronologies  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx, Other, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works about David E Nye
Most widely held works by David E Nye
Technology matters : questions to live with by David E Nye( Book )

32 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Technology matters, writes David Nye, because it is inseparable from being human. In Technology Matters, Nye tackles ten central questions about our relationship to technology, integrating a half-century of ideas about technology into ten cogent and concise chapters, with wide-ranging historical examples from many societies."--Jacket
Electrifying America : social meanings of a new technology, 1880-1940 by David E Nye( Book )

42 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture, becoming fundamental to modern life
American technological sublime by David E Nye( Book )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An historical study of the social construction of American technology from 1820 to the present
Consuming power : a social history of American energies by David E Nye( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the United States become the world's largest consumer of energy? In Consuming Power, David Nye shows that this is less a question about the development of technology than it is a question about the development of culture. Nye focuses on the lives of ordinary people engaged in normal activities, examining how these activities changed as new energy systems were constructed, from colonial times to recent years. He also shows how, as Americans incorporated new machines and processes into their lives, they became ensnared in power systems that were not easily changed: they made choices about the conduct of their lives, and those choices accumulated to produce a consuming culture
America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings by David E Nye( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After 1776, the former American colonies began to reimagine themselves as a unified, self-created community. Technologies had an important role in the resulting national narratives, and a few technologies assumed particular prominence. Among these were the axe, the mill, the canal, the railroad, and the irrigation dam. In this book David Nye explores the stories that clustered around these technologies. In doing so, he rediscovers an American story of origins, with America conceived as a second creation built in harmony with God's first creation." "Nye draws on popular literature, speeches, advertisements, paintings, and many other media to create a history of American foundation stories. He shows how these stories were revised periodically, as social and economic conditions changed, without over erasing the earlier stories entirely. The image of the isolated frontier family carving a homestead out of the wilderness with an axe persists to this day, alongside later images and narratives. In the book's conclusion, Nye considers the relation between these earlier stories and such later American developments as the conservation movement, narratives of environmental recovery, and the idealization of wilderness."--Jacket
Image worlds : corporate identities at General Electric, 1890-1930 by David E Nye( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the lights went out : a history of blackouts in America by David E Nye( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where were you when the lights went out? At home during a thunderstorm? During the Great Northeastern Blackout of 1965? In California when rolling blackouts hit in 2000? In 2003, when a cascading power failure left fifty million people without electricity? We often remember vividly our time in the dark. In When the Lights Went Out, David Nye views power outages in America from 1935 to the present not simply as technical failures but variously as military tactic, social disruption, crisis in the networked city, outcome of political and economic decisions, sudden encounter with sublimity and memories enshrined in photographs. Our electrically lit-up life is so natural to us that when the lights go off, the darkness seems abnormal. Nye looks at America's development of its electrical grid, which made large-scale power failures possible and a series of blackouts from military blackouts to the "greenout" (exemplified by the new tradition of "Earth Hour"), a voluntary reduction organized by environmental organizations. Blackouts, writes Nye, are breaks in the flow of social time that reveal much about the trajectory of American history. Each time one occurs, Americans confront their essential condition -- not as isolated individuals, but as a community that increasingly binds itself together with electrical wires and signals
Narratives and spaces : technology and the construction of American culture by David E Nye( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's assembly line by David E Nye( Book )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mechanized assembly line was invented in 1913 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It is the most familiar form of mass production. Both praised as a boon to workers and condemned for exploiting them, it has been celebrated and satirized. (We can still picture Chaplin's little tramp trying to keep up with a factory conveyor belt.) In America's Assembly Line, David Nye examines the industrial innovation that made the United States productive and wealthy in the twentieth century. The assembly line - developed at the Ford Motor Company in 1913 for the mass production of Model Ts - first created and then served an expanding mass market. It inspired fiction, paintings, photographs, comedy, cafeteria layouts, and cookie-cutter suburban housing. It also transformed industrial labor and provoked strikes and union drives. During World War II and the Cold War, it was often seen as a bastion of liberty and capitalism. By 1980, Japan had reinvented the assembly line as a system of "lean manufacturing"; American industry reluctantly adopted the new approach. Nye describes this evolution and the new global landscape of increasingly automated factories, with fewer industrial jobs in America and questionable working conditions in developing countries. A century after Ford's pioneering innovation, the assembly line continues to evolve toward more sustainable manufacturing
Henry Ford, ignorant idealist by David E Nye( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technologies of landscape : from reaping to recycling by David E Nye( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invented self : an anti-biography, from documents of Thomas A. Edison by David E Nye( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and Danish and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American photographs in Europe( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays explores how American photographs entered European culture. From the 1840s on, photographs contributed to stereotypes of the United States, interpreting American events and characteristic landscapes. This was a complex process, in which Europeans were intimately involved, both as photographers and as disseminators of American images. Photographs were always inflected during the process of cultural transmission. They were cropped, captioned, and positioned within new frames of reference. For example, New Deal photographs received an entirely new set of meanings in Nazi Germany. Likewise, in the contexts of world's fairs, mass distribution magazines, art exhibitions, advertising and immigration, American images played a central role in defining what was considered distinctive about the United States. This path-breaking work charts the contours of this area of intercultural communication for the first time and is arranged as a series of case studies within a chronological and theoretical framework provided by the editors
American studies in transition : essays by Fåborg Conference on American Studies Transition( Book )

12 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consumption and American culture by Consumption and American culture( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond the crisis in US American studies : Scandinavian perspectives( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume celebrates the 40th anniversary of the journal American Studies in Scandinavia, which began publication in 1967. The first of a series of books that will bring together the distinctive scholarship of the Nordic Association for American Studies, it situates Scandinavian practices in relation to American Studies debates inside the US, where for a decade scholars argued about the shape and subject matter of the field. Is this a crisis in American Studies as a whole? Or is the problem largely confined to the United States? How is this interdisciplinary activity different in a Scandinavian context? These questions ultimately are about the field's direction and international coherence." "Beyond the crisis in US American Studies is an invitation to develop a dialogue across the Atlantic. For too long European scholars have watched Americanists in the United States as though looking through a one-way window, invisible to those arguing on the other side of the glass. For too long US Americanists have scarcely realized that what appeared a mirror could be a window."--Jacket
The environmental humanities : a critical introduction by Robert S Emmett( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The emergence of the environmental humanities as an academic discipline early in the twenty-first century reflects the growing conviction that environmental problems cannot be solved by science and technology alone. This book offers a concise overview of this new multidisciplinary field, presenting concepts, issues, current research, concrete examples, and case studies. Robert Emmett and David Nye show how humanists, by offering constructive knowledge as well as negative critique, can improve our understanding of such environmental problems as global warming, species extinction, and over-consumption of the earth's resources. They trace the genealogy of environmental humanities from European, Australian, and American initiatives, also showing its cross-pollination by postcolonial and feminist theories. Emmett and Nye consider a concept of place not synonymous with localism, the risks of ecotourism, and the cultivation of wild areas. They discuss the decoupling of energy use and progress, and point to OECD countries for examples of sustainable development. They explain the potential for science to do both good and harm, examine dark visions of planetary collapse, and describe more positive possibilities -- alternative practices, including localization and degrowth. Finally, they examine the theoretical impact of new materialism, feminism, postcolonial criticism, animal studies, and queer ecology on the environmental humanities."--Provided by publisher
The American century : a chronology and orientation (1900-2007) by David E Nye( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contemporary American society by David E Nye( Book )

37 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Palazzos of power : central stations of the Philadelphia Electric Company, 1900-1930 by Aaron V Wunsch( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Majestic," "endangered", and "understudied"--Terms typically applied to endangered species - apply equally, if paradoxically, to one of the greatest sources of pollution in twentieth-century America: coal-fired metropolitan power plants. Nowhere is the building type more spectacularly present or more pressingly at risk than in Philadelphia, home to the mothballed central stations of the Philadelphia Electric Company. Monuments to the city's industrial might and suburban spread, they housed rows of ponderous boilers, turbines, and switchgear, as well as elaborate coal- and ash-handling systems. But it was these machines' neoclassical enclosures that commanded public attention. Designed to convey "solidity and immensity" in an age of deep public skepticism, they now stand vacant and decaying - a "blight" in the eyes of city planners and a beacon to urban explorers. Combining scholarly research, period illustrations, and contemporary photographs, Palazzos of Power sets Philadelphia's central stations in historical context, explains the mechanisms they housed, and records their spaces and surroundings. The book will appeal to scholarly and lay audiences"--
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Electrifying America : social meanings of a new technology, 1880-1940American technological sublimeConsuming power : a social history of American energiesAmerica as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginningsImage worlds : corporate identities at General Electric, 1890-1930When the lights went out : a history of blackouts in AmericaNarratives and spaces : technology and the construction of American cultureTechnologies of landscape : from reaping to recycling