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Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World
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Joshua B. Freeman
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Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World

Joshua B. Freeman



General & world history;
Manufacturing industries;
Industrial chemistry & manufacturing technologies


448 pages

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Factories, with their ingenious machinery and miraculous productivity, are celebrated as modern wonders of the world. Yet from William Blake's dark Satanic mills they have also fuelled our fears of the future.

Telling the story of the factory, Joshua B. Freeman takes readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution to the steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, to today's behemoths making trainers, toys and iPhones in China and Vietnam. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx, Ford and Stalin. And he explores the representation of factories in the work of Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin and Diego Rivera.

By:   Joshua B. Freeman
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   370g
ISBN:   9780393356625
ISBN 10:   0393356620
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Freeman does an essential service by publicising the continuance of a system whose foundations rest on a banal evil. -- The Spectator ... Behemoth is a tour de force, a powerful liberal retelling of the factory narrative at a time of Trump and all he represents, when it badly needs to be retold. -- Times Higher Education Freeman has written a superb account... The author's sympathy, insight and exemplary anecdotes make this a marvellous book. -- The Guardian An insightful history of giant factories... Mr Freeman rolls up his sleeves and delves into the nitty gritty of manufacturing. He successfully melds together those nuggets with social history, on the shop floor and beyond the factory walls, from union bat -- The Economist

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