Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

by Joshua B. Freeman

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Overview

“Freeman’s rich and ambitious Behemoth depicts a world in retreat that still looms large in the national imagination.… More than an economic history, or a chronicle of architectural feats and labor movements.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

In an accessible and timely work of scholarship, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the early textile mills that powered the Industrial Revolution to the factory towns of New England to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. Behemoth offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393246315
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 528,873
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Joshua B. Freeman is a Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. His previous books include American Empire and Working-Class New York, among others. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 "Like Minerva From The Brain Of Jupiter" The Invention of the Factory 1

Chapter 2 "The Living Light" New England Textiles and Visions of Utopia 43

Chapter 3 "The Progress Of Civilization" Industrial Exhibitions, Steelmaking, and the Price of Prometheanism 80

Chapter 4 "I Worship Factories" Fordism, Labor, and the Romance of the Giant Factory 118

Chapter 5 "Communism Is Soviet Power Plus The Electrification Of The Whole Country" Crash Industrialization in the Soviet Union 169

Chapter 6 "Common Requirements Of Industrialization" Gold War Mass Production 226

Chapter 7 "Foxconn City" Giant Factories in China and Vietnam 270

Conclusion 314

Acknowledgements 323

Notes 327

Illustration Credits 401

Index 403

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