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Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance

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Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance

English | ISBN: 0801479800 | 2015 | 456 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Over the past five centuries, advances in Western understanding of and control over the material world have strongly influenced European responses to non-Western peoples and cultures. In Machines as the Measure of Men, Michael Adas explores the ways in which European perceptions of their scientific and technological superiority shaped their interactions with people overseas. Adopting a broad, comparative perspective, he analyzes European responses to the cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, India, and China, cultures that they judged to represent lower levels of material mastery and social organization.
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