Engineering the Revolution

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Ken Alder. Engineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 1997. Pp. xvi, 476. Cloth $59.50.

Summary

Chapters:

Introduction: A Revolution of Engineers?

Part One: Engineering Design: Capital into Coercion, 1763-1793

Chapter 1: The Last Argument of the King

Chapter 2: A Social Epistomology of Enlightenment Engineering

Chapter 3: Design and Deployment

Part Two: Engineering Production: Coercion into Capital, 1763-1793

Chapter 4: The Tools of Practical Reason

Chapter 5: The Saint-Etienne Armory: Musket Making and the End of the Ancien Regime

Chapter 6: Inventing Interchangeability: Mechanical Ideals, Political Realities

Part Three: Engineering Society: Technocracy

Chapter 7: The Machine in the Revolution

Chapter 8: Terror, Technocracy, Thermidor

Chapter 9: Technological Amnesia and the Entrepreneurial Order

Conclusion

Commentary

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