Heroes of Invention: Technology, Liberalism and British Identity, 1750-1914 (Cambridge Studies in Economic History - Second Series)

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This innovative study adopts a distinct perspective on both the industrial revolution and nineteenth-century British culture. It investigates why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain, attested by numerous monuments, biographies and honours, and contends there was no decline in the industrial nation's self-esteem before 1914. In a period notorious for hero-worship, the veneration of inventors might seem unremarkable, were it not for their previous disparagement and the relative neglect suffered by their twentieth-century successors. Christine MacLeod argues that inventors became figureheads of various nineteenth-century factions, from economic and political liberals to impoverished scientists and radical artisans, who deployed their heroic reputation, not least to challenge the aristocracy's hold on power and the militaristic national identity that bolstered it. Although this was a challenge that ultimately failed, its legacy of ideas about invention, inventors, and the history of the industrial revolution remains highly influential.

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'[MacLeod's] book is a masterpiece of history.' Nuncius: Journal of the History of Science

'In this interesting and valuable book, Christine MacLeod has chosen the inventor to reflect on British national identity, an individual she describes as an improbable hero. [She] has written an illuminating account of the way in which culture, economics, and politics converged to give to the inventor a brief hegemonic interlude.' Richard A. Cosgrove, University of Arizona

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This innovative study investigates why inventors rose to heroic stature and popular acclaim in Victorian Britain. Christine MacLeod argues that inventors became figureheads of various nineteenth-century factions who deployed their heroic reputation, not least to challenge the aristocracy's hold on power and the militaristic national identity that bolstered it.

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