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Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution

Miriam R. Levin, Sophie Forgan, Martina Hessler, Robert H. Kargon, and Morris Low


At the close of the nineteenth century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. This book examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture — an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The chapters show that this invention of modernity was brought about through the efforts of urban elites — businessmen, industrialists, and officials — to establish new science- and technology-related institutions. International expositions, museums, and other such institutions and projects ... More

Keywords: industrialization, urbanization, agriculture, industrial-based culture, modernity, urban elites, businessmen, industrialists, technology-related institutions, international expositions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013987
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miriam R. Levin, author

Sophie Forgan, author

Martina Hessler, author