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The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity

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Science once had an unshakable faith in its ability to bring the forces of nature—even human nature—under control. In this wide-ranging book Anson Rabinbach examines how developments in physics, biology, medicine, psychology, politics, and art employed the metaphor of the working body as a human motor.

From nineteenth-century theories of thermodynamics and political economy
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 8th 1992 by University of California Press (first published January 8th 1990)
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The introduction is not as bright as the author might think. He uses more Foucault than he quotes it, but the info is quite relevant.
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Shelves: modernity, sts
huge research on the body physiologic and its representation in the late 19th Europe
the burden of repre imposed on early survey photo
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Anson Rabinbach is a specialist in modern European history with an emphasis on intellectual and cultural history. He has published extensively on Nazi Germany, Austria, and European thought in the nineteenth and twentieth century. He is currently director of European Cultural Studies at Princeton University.
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