- Hardcover: 476 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (20 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521873703
- ISBN-13: 978-0521873703
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,284,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750–1914 (Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series) Hardcover – 20 Dec 2007
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'[MacLeod's] book is a masterpiece of history.' Nuncius: Journal of the History of Science
'In this interesting and valuable book, Christine MacLeod has chosen the inventor to reflect on British national identity, an individual she describes as an improbable hero. [She] has written an illuminating account of the way in which culture, economics, and politics converged to give to the inventor a brief hegemonic interlude.' Richard A. Cosgrove, University of Arizona
This innovative study investigates why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain. Christine MacLeod argues that inventors became figureheads of various nineteenth-century factions who deployed their heroic reputation, not least to challenge the aristocracy's hold on power and the militaristic national identity that bolstered it.See all Product description
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This book explains why, and covers the history from much earlier (from the hated "projecteers" granted royal monopolies by patent decree, until the huge teams of pharmaceutical beavers creating new drugs in nameless labs).
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