Technology in Postwar America

Technology in Postwar America

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qPursell begins with the events of World War II and the increasing belief that technological progress and the science that supported it held the key to a stronger, richer, and happier America. He looks at the effect of returning American servicemen and servicewomen and the Marshall Plan, which sought to integrate Western Europe into America's economic, business, and technological structure. He considers the accumulating qproblemsq associated with American technological supremacy, which, by the end of the 1960s, led to a crisis of confidence.q qPursell concludes with an analysis of how consumer technologies create a cultural understanding that makes political technologies acceptable and even seem inevitable, while those same political technologies provide both form and content for the technologies found at home and at work. By understanding this history, Pursell hopes to advance a better understanding of the postwar American self.q--BOOK JACKET.... be used in Europe, finally developed its Jupiter at Huntsville under von Brauna#39;s leadership.33 One famous missile, the Patriot, ... fire a rocket at an estimated point of arrival, guide the interceptor to the point allowing it to make last minute adjustments, ... or inadequate information, and the political needs of the commentators to show that the program was worthwhile. ... and their use became so routine that civilian versions in geosynchronous orbits by the end of the century could directanbsp;...

Title:Technology in Postwar America
Author: Carroll Pursell
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2012-06-19

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