An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles by Steven E. Alford

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  • Title: An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles
  • Author: Steven E. Alford
  • Category: Transportation
  • Date: April 2016
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781498528795

 

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An Alternative History of Bicycles and Motorcycles: Two-Wheeled Transportation and Material Culture accounts for the nineteenth-century creation and improvement of two-wheeled autos, each human-powered and motorized. Specifically, the ebook focuses on the interval from 1885 (which noticed the looks, concurrently, of the Safety bicycle and the Einspur, the primary motorbike) to 1920, whereas exploring implications for later bicycling and motorcycling. We argue that invention of these autos, slightly than the product of gifted people, needs to be seen because the consequence of a quantity of historic, financial, cultural and political forces that intersect so unpredictably that the notion of a genius inventor is reductive. The widespread evolutionary mannequin of improvement from the bicycle to the motorbike oversimplifies each the expertise and its origins. Stripping the autos of all their materials and cultural associations, such a mannequin fails to advance our understanding of the units, their creators, and their riders. Taking a up to date automobile and tracing its lineage creates a false sense of evolutionary necessity in its creation, and fails to account for the numerous attainable developmental paths that have been, for no matter cause, deserted. By distinction, our ebook adopts a fabric tradition method, a type of inquiry that stresses the connections between artifacts and social relations. We think about not merely the bicycle and motorbike as materials objects however focus additionally on the advanced socio-political and financial convergences that produced the supplies, supplies that in flip themselves formed the autos’ look, operate, and adoption by riders

 

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