Chapter

Contemporary Perceptions

Vaclav Smil

in Creating the Twentieth Century

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195168747
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195168747.003.0007
Contemporary Perceptions

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Most of the people who were alive during the Age of Synergy had only poor or uncertain understanding of the epochal nature of this new era but some scientists, engineers and historians perceived its revolutionary contributions with a remarkable accuracy and clarity. Most of these changes were welcome, but some, including the loss of artisanal labor, were regretted. And the gap between near-miraculous technical capabilities and dubious socio-economic arrangements that began to widen during that era of accelerated innovation shows no signs of closing.

Keywords: epochal nature; new era; artisanal labor; technical capabilities; socio-economic arrangements

Chapter.  4156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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