Engineering Empires

A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • Ben Marsden
  • Crosbie Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
    Pages 41-87
  3. Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
    Pages 88-128
  4. Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
    Pages 129-177
  5. Ben Marsden, Crosbie Smith
    Pages 226-258
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-351

About this book


Engineers are empire-builders. Watt, Brunel, and others worked to build and expand personal and business empires of material technology and in so doing these engineers also became active agents of political and economic empire. This book provides a fascinating exploration of the cultural construction of the large-scale technologies of empire.


cultural history history history of technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Ben Marsden
    • 1
  • Crosbie Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AberdeenUK
  2. 2.University of KentUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-50704-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50412-7
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