By Joshua B. Freeman
A sweeping, international historical past of the increase of the manufacturing facility and its results on society.
Giant factories, with their creative equipment and outstanding productiveness, have lengthy been celebrated as smooth wonders of the area. but from their very beginnings, whilst William Blake known as them “dark Satanic mills,” they've got additionally fueled our fears of the future.
In an incredible paintings of scholarship that also is splendidly obtainable, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the tale of the manufacturing unit and examines the way it has mirrored either our desires and our nightmares. He whisks readers from the cloth generators in England that powered the commercial Revolution to the great metal and automobile crops of twentieth-century the United States, japanese Europe, and the Soviet Union, to today’s behemoths making shoes, toys, and iPhones in China and Vietnam. He strains arguments approximately factories and social development via such critics and champions as Marx and Engels, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stalin. And he explores the illustration of factories within the paintings of Charles Sheeler, Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin, Diego Rivera, and Edward Burtynsky.
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