Engineers And The Making Of The Francoist Regime

Autor: Lino Camprubí
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262323230
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In this book, Lino Camprubí argues that science and technology were at the very center of the building of Franco's Spain. Previous histories of early Francoist science and technology have described scientists and engineers as working "under" Francoism, subject to censorship and bound by politically mandated research agendas. Camprubí offers a different perspective, considering instead scientists' and engineers' active roles in producing those political mandates. Many scientists and engineers had been exiled, imprisoned, or executed by the regime. Camprubí argues that those who remained made concrete the mission of "redemption" that Franco had invented for himself. This gave them the opportunity to become key actors -- and mid-level decision makers -- within the regime. Camprubí describes a series of projects across Spain undertaken by the civil engineers and agricultural scientists who placed themselves at the center of their country's forced modernization. These include a coal silo, built in 1953, viewed as an embodiment of Spain's industrialized landscape; links between laboratories, architects, and the national Catholic church (and between technology and authoritarian control); vertically organized rice production and research on genetics; river management and the contested meanings of self-sufficiency; and the circulation of construction standards by mobile laboratories as an engine for European integration. Separately, each chapter offers a fascinating microhistory that illustrates the coevolution of Francoist science, technology, and politics. Taken together, they reveal networks of people, institutions, knowledge, artifacts, and technological systems woven together to form a new state.

Los Ingenieros De Franco

Autor: Lino Camprubí Bueno
Publisher: Editorial Crítica
ISBN: 841677188X
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El objetivo principal de este libro, nos dice el autor, «no es escribir una historia de la ciencia y la tecnología bajo el franquismo (que también), sino tratar de entender su papel en la constitución del nuevo régimen» a través de sus proyectos de redención de la España salida de la guerra civil. De este estudio surge un panorama distinto al habitual de los años difíciles de la autarquía: un panorama en que la investigación científica y técnica aparece, no como una simple herramienta del poder, sino como «un elemento constituyente que dotó de contenido al régimen».


Autor: Stanley G. Payne
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres
ISBN: 0299302105
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Chronicles the life and rule of the Spanish dictator, from his early years to his military career to his leadership of the nation.

The Circulation Of Penicillin In Spain

Autor: María Jesús Santesmases
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319697188
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This book reconstructs the early circulation of penicillin in Spain, a country exhausted by civil war (1936–1939), and oppressed by Franco’s dictatorship. Embedded in the post-war recovery, penicillin’s voyages through time and across geographies – professional, political and social – were both material and symbolic. This powerful antimicrobial captivated the imagination of the general public, medical practice, science and industry, creating high expectations among patients, who at times experienced little or no effect. Penicillin’s lack of efficacy against some microbes fueled the search for new wonder drugs and sustained a decades-long research agenda built on the post-war concept of development through scientific and technological achievements. This historical reconstruction of the social life of penicillin between the 1940s and 1980s – through the dictatorship to democratic transition – explores political, public, medical, experimental and gender issues, and the rise of antibiotic resistance.

In Cold Blood

Autor: Truman Capote
ISBN: 9781846321498
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In Cold Blood reconstructs the 1959 murders of a Kansas farmer, his wife and two of their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible yet entirely and frighteningly human. The book that made Capote's name, In Cold Blood is a seminal work of modern prose, a remarkable synthesis of journalistic skill and powerfully evocative narrative. "The best documentary account of an American crime ever written." - New York Times.

A History Of Unesco

Autor: Fernando Valderrama Martínez
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 9789231031342
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Almost fifty years in the life of UNESCO, highlighting the role it has played - through its action in the fields of education, science, culture and communication - in the transformations that have marked the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a wealth of archive and library material, this publication is both a valuable reference work and a source of reflection on UNESCO's ongoing mission.

Pandora S Hope

Autor: Bruno Latour
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674653351
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A scientist friend asked Bruno Latour point-blank: "Do you believe in reality?" Taken aback by this strange query, Latour offers his meticulous response in Pandora's Hope. It is a remarkable argument for understanding the reality of science in practical terms. In this book Latour, identified by Richard Rorty as the new "bête noire of the science worshipers," gives us his most philosophically informed book since Science in Action. Through case studies of scientists in the Amazon analyzing soil and in Pasteur's lab studying the fermentation of lactic acid, he shows us the myriad steps by which events in the material world are transformed into items of scientific knowledge. Through many examples in the world of technology, we see how the material and human worlds come together and are reciprocally transformed in this process. Why, Latour asks, did the idea of an independent reality, free of human interaction, emerge in the first place? His answer to this question, harking back to the debates between Might and Right narrated by Plato, points to the real stakes in the so-called science wars: the perplexed submission of ordinary people before the warring forces of claimants to the ultimate truth.