Regulating Railroad Innovation: Business, Technology, and Politics in America, 1840 1920

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September 2010



A study of America's efforts to regulate expanding railroad technology.


Part I. Assembling the Machine, 1840-1876: 1. Engines of expansion and extraction: the politics of development; 2. Acquiring technology: insider innovation; 3. Patent problems: inventors and the market for technology; Part II. Running the Machine, 1876-1904: 4. Patent remedies: politics, jurisprudence, and procedure; 5. Mastering technology, channeling change; 6. Standardizing steel rails: engineered innovation; 7. Engineering enshrined; Part III. Friction in the Machine, 1904-1920: 8. Reluctant innovators: the annoying allure of automatic train control; 9. The limits of engineering: rate regulation and the course of innovation; Epilogue: the enduring challenge of innovation.


'The authors's interdisciplinary stance has enabled him to demonstrate the nature of the interelations and interactions which have taken place between the various elements of the railroad system and to present us with an holist view of the railroad industry. Such an exceptionally detailed and well researched study is uncommon. Its high order of scholarship, and combination of breadth and assiduity, enables the author to make an original, stimulating and valuable contribution to the field of contemporary business history.' Economic History Review 'Regulating Railroad Innovation is an awesome volume. Steven Usselman displays the skills of a craftsman in weaving together an interdisciplinary story that shows how technology is central to understanding the development of the world's leading industrializing economy.' American Nineteenth Century History 'Such an exceptionally detailed and well-researched study is uncommon. Its high order of scholarship, and its combination of breadth and assiduity, enable [Usselman] to make an original, stimulating, and valuable contribution to the field of contemporary business history.' The Economic History Review 'For those interested in the questions of innovation and technological adaptation and adoption in late nineteenth-century railroads, they will find much to consider.' Business History 'This superb book should be required reading for anyone with the slightest interest in understanding the transformation of the United States from its predominantly rural condition in the mid-nineteenth century to the urbanized and industrial society found in the immediate aftermath of the First World War ... Usselman's magisterial command of the sweep of American political debate on technology over the best part of a century brilliantly contextualizes his myriad detailed insights into the evolution of the railroad machine. This book deserves to become a classic text on American history in the modern period.' Journal of Urban History
EAN: 9780521001069
ISBN: 0521001064
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Seitenanzahl: 416 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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