Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (Paperback)

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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (Paperback)


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In the late nineteenth century, Mexican citizens quickly adopted new technologies imported from abroad to sew cloth, manufacture glass bottles, refine minerals, and provide many goods and services. Rapid technological change supported economic growth and also brought cultural change and social dislocation.

Drawing on three detailed case studies—the sewing machine, a glass bottle–blowing factory, and the cyanide process for gold and silver refining—Edward Beatty explores a central paradox of economic growth in nineteenth-century Mexico: while Mexicans made significant efforts to integrate new machines and products, difficulties in assimilating the skills required to use emerging technologies resulted in a persistent dependence on international expertise.
Edward Beatty is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Institutions and Investment: The Political Basis of Industrialization in Mexico before 1911.
Product Details ISBN: 9780520284906
ISBN-10: 0520284909
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2015
Pages: 360
Language: English
"Beatty’s book is a groundbreaking study, a tour de force that should be required reading for anyone interested in economic development or the history of technology in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world."
— American Historical Review

"This book establishes a model and a set of guiding questions for investigating technological development and adoption in modern Latin America. It should inspire scholars to conduct more detailed case studies, along the lines that Beatty sets out briefly in his three central examples. It will be of significant interest to economic historians and historians of technology at the graduate level and beyond."
— Hispanic American Historical Review