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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico$
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Edward Beatty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284890

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284890.001.0001

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Technology and the Imperative of Progreso, 1870–1910

Technology and the Imperative of Progreso, 1870–1910

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(p.55) Three Technology and the Imperative of Progreso, 1870–1910
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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico
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Edward Beatty

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520284890.003.0003

This chapter surveys Mexico’s history of technology from about 1870 to the onset of revolution in 1910. Economic growth in the North Atlantic (the “second industrial revolution”) generated a dramatic increase in exports of technology—machinery and tools, print materials, and expertise embodied in engineers and skilled technicians. At the same time, Mexican officials and investors sought to embrace this expansion in order to promote material progress. Rapid change ensured, and again the chapter focuses on railroad transportation, steam power (and, later, electricity), and the development of the iron and steel industry.

Keywords:   Atlantic economy, technology imports, spillover, railroads, steam engines, electricity, iron and steel, machinery

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