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dc.contributor.authorKane, Joshuaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-06T22:44:00Z
dc.date.available2009-10-06T22:44:00Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.otherb59729193en_US
dc.identifier.other237794337en_US
dc.identifier.otherThesis 58104en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/8875
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2008.en_US
dc.description.abstractNearly a decade into the 21st century it is evident that the post-WWII American economy unleashed a global socio-technological transformation as profound as any experienced since the early days of the British Industrial Revolution. Surprisingly however, few social theorists have attempted to specify causal mechanisms that are common to both the British Industrial and American Informational 'Mode of Development Shifts.' A mode of development shift entails a pervasive transformation in the technological infrastructure through which productivity gains are derived. This comparative historical study demonstrates that long-term large-scale military expenditure acted as an effective agent of infrastructural transmogrification in both Britain (1689-1784) and the United States (1940-1999) owing to an interacting set of conjunctional causal variables including: capitalistic defense contracting, efficient tax administration, sound public deficit finance, the institutional prerequisites to economic development, and insulation from attack. Consequently, defense expenditure and its vicissitudes fomented a cyclical pattern of radical technological evolution in advanced infrastructural sectors followed by rapid commercial diffusion thus initiating the Industrial and Informational Mode of Development Shifts.en_US
dc.format.extent2 v. (i, 639 p.)en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subject.otherTheses--Sociologyen_US
dc.titleInfrastructure of aggression: military expenditure during the British industrial and the American informational mode of development shiftsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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