The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

Paperback | November 15, 1999

byLeo Marx

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For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technologicaladvances, and the way society and culture both determine these links. The Machine in the Garden fully examines the difference between the "pastoral" and "progressive" ideals which characterized early 19th-century American culture, and which ultimately evolved into the basis for much of theenvironmental and nuclear debates of contemporary society. This new edition is appearing in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Marx's classic text. It features a new afterword by the author on the process of writing this pioneering book, a work that all but founded the discipline now called American Studies.

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For over four decades, Leo Marx's work has focused on the relationship between technology and culture in 19th- and 20th-century America. His research helped to define--and continues to give depth to--the area of American studies concerned with the links between scientific and technologicaladvances, and the way society and culture both ...

Leo Marx is Professor Emeritus of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:430 pages, 5.31 × 7.91 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019513351X

ISBN - 13:9780195133516

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"This is an important contribution to our understanding of some of the enigmas and conflicts at work in the American imagination, particularly in the 19th century."--Tony Tanner, Encounter