Sara B. Pritchard . Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône . (Harvard Historical Studies, number 172.) Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2011. Pp. xvii, 371. $49.95.
Author(s)Williams, Rosalind H
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Since the late nineteenth century, a common response to military defeat has been for the vanquished to appropriate modern technologies while interpreting them in terms of longstanding cultural ideals (see Wolfgang Schivelbusch's The Culture of Defeat: On National Trauma, Mourning, and Recovery ). After humiliating collapse in World War II, postwar France undertook a vast set of engineering projects to reconstruct and modernize the nation, not only for practical purposes but also for compelling displays of renewed national glory.
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Williams, Rosalind. “Sara B. Pritchard . Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône . (Harvard Historical Studies, Number 172.) Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 2011. Pp. Xvii, 371. $49.95.” The American Historical Review 117.3 (2012): 945–946.
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