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Nye, David E. 1946-

Works: 93 works in 471 publications in 4 languages and 18,829 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( )

31 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and German and held by 2,821 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
Consuming power : a social history of American energies by David E Nye( )

21 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in English and Italian and held by 2,329 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
When the lights went out : a history of blackouts in America by David E Nye( )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 2,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at America's development of its electrical grid, which made large-scale power failures possible; military blackouts before and during World War II; New York City s contrasting 1965 and 1977 blackout experiences, the first characterized by cooperation, the second by looting and disorder; the growth in consumer demand that led to rolling blackouts made worse by energy traders' market manipulations; blackouts caused by terrorist attacks and sabotage; and, finally, the greenout, exemplified by the new tradition of Earth Hour, a voluntary reduction organized by environmental organizations. Blackouts 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. From publisher description
Electrifying America : social meanings of a new technology, 1880-1940 by David E Nye( Book )

44 editions published between 1990 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores how electricity seeped into and redefined American culture, becoming fundamental to modern life
America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginnings by David E Nye( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,868 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
Technologies of landscape : from reaping to recycling by David E Nye( )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's assembly line by David E Nye( )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,504 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
American technological sublime by David E Nye( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An historical study of the social construction of American technology from 1820 to the present
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 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narratives and spaces : technology and the construction of American culture by David E Nye( Book )

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

Henry Ford, ignorant idealist by David E Nye( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The environmental humanities : a critical introduction by Robert S Emmett( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 231 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."--Page 4 of cover
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 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 127 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"--
American studies in transition : essays by Faborg Conference on American Studies Transition( Book )

12 editions published in 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 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
Consumption and American culture by Consumption and American culture( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 100 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
American illuminations : urban lighting, 1800-1920 by David E Nye( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How Americans adapted European royal illuminations for patriotic celebrations, spectacular expositions, and intensely bright commercial lighting to create the world's most dazzling and glamorous cities. Illuminated fetes and civic celebrations began in Renaissance Italy and spread through the courts of Europe. Their fireworks, torches, lamps, and special effects glorified the monarch, marked the birth of a prince, or celebrated military victory. Nineteenth-century Americans rejected such monarchial pomp and adapted spectacular lighting to their democratic, commercial culture. In American Illuminations, David Nye explains how they experimented with gas and electric light to create illuminated cityscapes far brighter and more dynamic than those of Europe, and how these illuminations became symbols of modernity and the conquest of nature. Americans used gaslight and electricity in parades, expositions, advertising, elections, and political spectacles. In the 1880s, cities erected powerful arc lights on towers to create artificial moonlight. By the 1890s they adopted more intensive, commercial lighting that defined distinct zones of light and glamorized the city's White Ways, skyscrapers, bridges, department stores, theaters, and dance halls. Poor and blighted areas disappeared into the shadows. American illuminations also became integral parts of national political campaigns, presidential inaugurations, and victory celebrations after the Spanish-American War and World War I
The American century : a chronology and orientation (1900-2007) by David E Nye( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Consuming power : a social history of American energies
Consuming power : a social history of American energiesWhen the lights went out : a history of blackouts in AmericaElectrifying America : social meanings of a new technology, 1880-1940America as second creation : technology and narratives of new beginningsTechnologies of landscape : from reaping to recyclingAmerican technological sublimeImage worlds : corporate identities at General Electric, 1890-1930Narratives and spaces : technology and the construction of American culture
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