Technology and International Transformation

The Railroad, the Atom Bomb, and the Politics of Technological Change

By Geoffrey L. Herrera

Subjects: History
Series: SUNY series in Global Politics
Paperback : 9780791468685, 275 pages, June 2007
Hardcover : 9780791468678, 275 pages, September 2006

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Table of contents

1. Thinking About Technology and International Politics
2. International Systems Theory, Technology, and Transformation
3. Early Industrialization and the Industrialization of War
4. The Atomic Bomb and the Scientific State
5. Conclusion

Examines the interrelation between technology and international politics since the nineteenth century.


During an era in which the pace of technological change is unrelenting, understanding how international politics both shapes and is shaped by technology is crucial. Drawing on international relations theory, historical sociology, and the history of technology, Geoffrey L. Herrera offers an ambitious, theoretically sophisticated, and historically rich examination of the interrelation between technology and international politics. He explores the development of the railroad in the nineteenth century and the atomic bomb in the twentieth century to show that technologies do not stand apart from, but are intimately related to, even defined by, international politics.

Geoffrey L. Herrera is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University.