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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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  • 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)
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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

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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.

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It has always mystified me that the british don't celebrate engeenering genius any more, whereas in VIctorian times, people from humble beginnings were raised up, yeah, even to the hosue of Lords (think Brunel) for their achieements - nowadays, being a soccer star or dimwitted pop singer is the only way to be a celeb - in other countries (America, Japan, France, Germany, Korea, Turkey) just about any inventor is hailed, whereas this only happens now if you are an entrerepenur in UK plc.

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).

Its also a great read!
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