Leonardo to the Internet:
Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present
Thomas J. Misa
DISCUSS steam as a "social
force" in Britain's empire. Same question:
what "impact" did steam have on Britain's ability to
Discuss the role of opium in
China, British India, and the British empire.
Rudyard Kipling, "The White Man's
Burden," McClure's Magazine 12 (Feb. 1899):
"Take up the White Man's burden / Send forth the best
ye breed / Go, bind your sons to exile / To serve your
captives' need; / To wait, in heavy harness, / On
fluttered folk and wild / Your new-caught sullen
peoples, / Half devil and half child."
COMPARE original "White Man's Burden" <www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/kipling.asp> with "Black Man's Burden" + "Brown Man's Burden".
Assess the impact of "empire" on
British and Indian industry; and on
British-American and Indian culture.
EXPLAIN, in detail, how telegraphs in
India as well as to London reflected the
imperatives of empire. Where were the lines built,
when, and why?
How were large-scale public works
projects designed to keep India "agricultural rather
How did Indian technical education
before 1900 reflect the goals of British empire
(rather than, say, the aim of industrial development)?
Where were the technical schools, what did they teach?
EXPLAIN how RAILROADS in India
reflected the imperatives of empire. Where were the
lines built, when, and why?
CONTRAST a "classic" British-Indian
railroad (rail gauge,
locomotive design, bridge construction, etc.) with one from North America.
DISCUSS the consequences of "railway
imperialism" in Canada and in Mexico. See Misa's Nation
of Steel chap. 1.5.
Railway imperialists did not
get what they wanted in South Africa. What
happened? What were the consequences of railway
conflicts on southern Africa?
BROWSE Misa's "From
to Mandalay" -- a notable instance of American
railroad hardware in imperial India-Burma. Read
ONE of the "essays" CAREFULLY; EXAMINE the pictures.
What attitudes about Western technology, native
society, and imperialism can you find?
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