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Book reviews — December 2007

'The Shock of the Old: Technology and Global History Since 1900', by David Edgerton
Profile 270pp, £18.99, ISBN 978-1-86197-296-5
This book was reviewed in History Today, September 2007 (18.08.07) by Andrew Robinson. 'Most of the book, despite its clever but somewhat inaccurate title, is a much needed antidote to technological hype.' Robinson's review starts with the sentences: 'The book's chief target is the inadequacy of what the author calls the conventional "innovation-centric" history of technology that formulates timelines showing the relentless development of technological sophistication. The implication is that the history of technology is the same as the history of successful innovation and that successful innovation automatically makes an older less advanced technology redundant.'

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