This course explores the inter-relationship between technological, cultural, and social change in Europe and the United States from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to the age of the Internet. Beginning with the rise of modern factory production and concluding with the communication revolutions of the late twentieth (and early twenty-first) century we will focus on the ways in which particular technological developments have shaped, altered, and effected social and cultural change in the United States, Europe, and throughout the world. Specific topics include: the development of modern agricultural technologies and the mechanization of labor; automobiles; cinema, skyscrapers; industrialized warfare; the machine and the arts; space flight and exploration; and the history of video games. Students who complete this course will develop a working knowledge of the social and cultural origins of technological change as well as an understanding of the manner in which technological devices and knowledge are transferred and adapted by societies across the globe.


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