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Entangled GeographiesEmpire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War$
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Gabrielle Hecht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262515788

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Entangled Geographies

Gabrielle Hecht

The MIT Press

In international history, the Cold War has led to the formulation of the modernization theory and development projects. However, these development projects tend to focus on time and places of conception rather than on application. At the height of the Cold War, technology was imperceptibly, but nonetheless powerfully, shaping—among other things—economic and political order, social relations, and cultural forms among nations. Technopolitics is a concept that captures the (sometimes unpredictable and unexpected) power found in technological assemblages such as artefacts, expertise, systems, and practices, and their application to achieve political goals and gains. The atomic bomb is a fitting example of nuclear technopolitics and how technological superiority has been used to further the ends of international political power. This book emphasizes the term “global Cold War”; various aspects of superpower struggle, de-colonization, global inequalities, and imperial differences are discussed within its covers.

Keywords:   Cold War, technological assemblages, artefacts, superpower, mordernization theory, technology, technopolitics, superpower struggle, de-colonization

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