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The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon

John Tresch


In the years immediately following Napoleon's defeat, French thinkers in all fields set their minds to the problem of how to recover from the long upheavals that had been set into motion by the French Revolution. Many challenged the Enlightenment's emphasis on mechanics and questioned the rising power of machines, seeking a return to the organic unity of an earlier age and triggering the artistic and philosophical movement of romanticism. Previous scholars have viewed romanticism and industrialization in opposition, but this book shows how entwined science and the arts were in early nineteenth ... More

Keywords: French Revolution, Enlightenment, romanticism, industrialization, steam engines, organicism, energy, photography, mechanism, positivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226812205
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226812229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Tresch, author