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The tools of empire : technology and European imperialism in the nineteenth century / Daniel R. Headrick.


New York : Oxford University Press, 1981.
ISBN 0195028317, 0195028325

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Other Title Technology and European imperialism in the nineteenth century
Subjects Imperialism -- History -- 19th century.
Imperialism.
Imperialisme.
Impérialisme -- Histoire.
Technologie -- Histoire.
Technologie.
Technology -- History -- 19th century.
Technology -- Political aspects -- 19th century.
Technology.
Tecnología -- Historia.
Description x, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date 1981.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-213) and index.
Summary The Industrial Revolution and European imperalism were without question two of the most influential developments of the 19th century. Their impact on the maturation of European societies and economies has been the subject of countless studies. Nevertheless, the deep and fundamental connections between industrial technology and the vast new European imperialism have remained largely unexplored. This is no longer the case, as Daniel Headrick's The Tools of Empire makes a significant contribution to our understanding of this relationship. Headrick provides neither a detailed history of imperialism nor an internal history of technology. Rather, his purpose is to describe and analyze the interplay between the two. Imperialism was the result, he argues, both of appropriate motives and adequate means. By focusing on technology (the means), Headrick demonstrates how it interacted with the various imperial motives to influence the timing, location, and nature of imperialism. -- Reviex from http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/3104499.pdf (June 29, 2015).
Contents Introduction : Technology, imperialism, and history ---- Part 1 : Steamboats and quinine, tools of penetration. Secret gunboats of the East India Company --- The Nemesis in China --- Malaria, quinine, and the penetration of Africa ---- Part 2 : Guns and conquests. Weapons and colonial wars of the early nineteenth century --- The breechloader revolution --- African arms --- Arms gap and colonial confrontations ---- Part 3 : The communications revolution. Steam and the overland route to India --- The emergence of efficient steamships --- The Suez Canal --- The submarine cable --- The global thalassocracies --- The railroads of India --- African transportation : dreams and realities --- The legacy of technological imperialism.
Genre History.
Geographic Area Europe
Network Numbers (OCoLC)6447296
(OCoLC)ocm06447296
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Headrick, Daniel R.
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