Technology and International Transformation

Technology and International Transformation : The Railroad, the Atom Bomb, and the Politics of Technological Change

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During an era in which the pace of technological change is unrelenting, understanding how international politics both shapes and is shaped by technology is crucial. Drawing on international relations theory, historical sociology, and the history of technology, Geoffrey L. Herrera offers an ambitious, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rich examination of the interrelation between technology and international politics. He explores the development of the railroad in the nineteenth century and the atomic bomb in the twentieth century to show that technologies do not stand apart from, but are intimately related to, even defined by, international politics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 160.02 x 232.16 x 22.35mm | 508g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791468674
  • 9780791468678

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"This book provides a nuanced and theoretically rigorous treatment of the role of technology in international systems change. Many international relations theories rely on technology as the 'uncaused cause' and leave it undertheorized. Herrera makes a compelling case that all technologies are not the same so we must theorize about them in different ways."
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About Geoffrey L. Herrera

Geoffrey L. Herrera is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University.
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