Technology and Empire

Empire and Technology

Adas, Michael. Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America’s Civilizing Mission. Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 2006.

Adas, Michael. Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015.

Andersen, Casper. British Engineers and Africa, 1875-1914. Pickering and Chatto, 2011

Arnold, David. Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of Indias Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.


Barak, On. On Time: Technology and Temporality in Modern Egypt. University of California Press, 2013.


Beattie, James. Empire and Environmental Anxiety: Health, Science, Art, and Conservation in South Asia and Australasia, 1800-1920. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

Belich, James. The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-World, 1783-1939. Oxford, 2009.

Brooking, Tom and Pawson, Eric. Seeds of Empire: The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand. I. B. Tauris, 2010.

Burton, Antoinette. The Empire in Question. Duke, 2011.

Chatterjee, Partha. Empire and Nations: Selected Essays. Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Chatterjee, Partha. The Black Hole of Empire: History and the Global Practice of Power. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Clive, Dewey. Steamboats on the Indus: The Limits of Western Technological Superiority in South Asia. Oxford, 2014.

Cooper, Frederick. Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, and Practice. UCLA Press, 2005.

Darwin, John. Unfinished Empire. Bloomsbury, 2012.

Dirks, Nicholas B. The Scandal of Empire: India and the Creation of Imperial Britain. Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 2006.


Drayton, Richard. Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the ‘Improvement’ of the World. London: Yale University Press, 2000.

Dunn, Richard S. Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713. University of North Carolina, 1972.

Elkins, Caroline. Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Henry Holt, 2005.

Gupta, Akhil. Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India. Durham: Duke University Press, 1998.

Headrick, Daniel R. Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.

Headrick, Daniel R. The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Headrick, Daniel R. Power Over Peoples: Technology, Environments, and Western Imperialism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Levine, Philippa. The British Empire, Sunrise to Sunset. Pearson, Longman, 2007.

Marsden, Ben and Smith, Crosbie. Engineering Empire: A Cultural History of Technology in Nineteenth-century Britain. Palgrave McMillan, 2005.

Mavhunga, Clapperton Chakanesta. Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everday Innovation in Zimbabwe. The MIT Press, 2014.

Moon, Suzanne. Technology and Ethical Idealism: A History of Development in the Netherlands East Indies. Leiden: CNWS Publications, 2007.

Prakash, Gyan. Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

Singh, Mehta Uday. Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought. Chicago, 1999.

Reiger, Bernhard. Technology and the Culture of Modernity in Britain and Germany, 1890-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Rothschild, Emma. The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History. Princeton, 2011.

Shepherd, Naomi. Ploughing Sand: British Rule in Palestine, 1917-1948. Rutgers, 2000.


Smith, Merritt Roe, and Marx, Leo. Does Technology Drive History? : The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994.


Stern, Philip J. The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India. Oxford, 2012.

Storey, William Kelleher. Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 1997.

Storey, William. Guns, Race and Power in Colonial South Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Tilley, Helen. Africa as a Living Laboratory. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2011.

Wiener, Martin J. An Empire on Trial: Race, Murder and Justice Under British Rule, 1870-1935. Cambridge, 2009.


Colley, Ann C. 2014. “Portrait, Empire, and Industry At the Belle Vue Zoo, Manchester.” Victorian Literature and Culture 42 (02): 167–186. doi:10.1017/S1060150313000466.

Cooper, Timothy. 2011. “Peter Lund Simmonds and the Political Ecology of Waste Utilization in Victorian Britain.” Technology and Culture 52 (1): 21–44. doi:10.1353/tech.2011.0003.

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Tomich, Dale. 1991. “World Slavery and Caribbean Capitalism – The Cuban Sugar Industry, 1760-1868.” Theory and Society 20 (3): 297–319. doi:10.1007/BF00213549.

Cronin, James E. 2012. “Britain in the World: Implications for the Study of British Politics.” British Politics 7 (1): 55–68. doi:10.1057/bp.2011.36.

Fan, Fa-ti. 2003. “Victorian Naturalists in China: Science and Informal Empire.” British Journal for the History of Science 36 pt 1 (128): 1–26. doi:10.1017/S0007087402004910.

Roberts, Gwilym. 2008. “Sir John Anderson, 1814–86: The Unknown Engineer Who Made the British Empire Possible.” Transactions of the Newcomen Society 78 (2): 261–291.`