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September 28th, 2020 by: Mikael Wolfe

Cuba’s “Battle of Spare Parts” Against the US Blockade (1961-1964)

People tell many stories about the Cuban Revolution of 1959 but two tend to predominate. The first marks the triumph of the revolution through armed struggle, either celebrating (or, depending upon the politics of the writer, lamenting) the end of Cuba’s de facto status as a protectorate of its northern neighbor. The second narrative depicts…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Sonia Robles

“Good luck and Buenos Notches”: Early Amateur Interactions with Mexican Radio

From the mid-1920s to the 1930s hundreds of shortwave radio amateurs in the United States and Canada including DXers (distance fiends, as they called themselves), Mexican citizens, European immigrants, housewives, and teenagers, frequently tuned in to transmissions from Mexican stations and penned letters to their place of origin, Mexico City. Amateurs drafted letters during or…

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September 28th, 2020 by: Yovanna PinedaChristiane BerthMikael Wolfe

Dialogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas in the Twentieth Century

 Jethron Ayumbah Akallah, Maseno University, Kenya Christiane Berth, University of Graz, Austria Fon Gordon, Department of History, University of Central Florida, USA Robert Heinze, University of Trier, Germany Diana Montaño, Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis, USA Yovanna Pineda, University of Central Florida, USA Sonia Robles, University of Delaware, USA Mikael Wolfe, Stanford…

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May 21st, 2020 by: Daniel Pérez Zapico

Aesthetics and the Political Appropriation of the Electric Light

Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.06.08.01 PDF: Perez_Aesthetics Walking the streets of Madrid at dusk is a splendid occasion to encounter the dazzling night life of a European capital that never sleeps. However, I found it particularly striking to stumble across a tiny chapel hiding in a corner of one of the…

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May 20th, 2020 by: Ying Jia Tan

Dreamscapes of Accelerated Development: Uses and Abuses of Artist Impressions in John L. Savage’s Yangtze Gorges Proposal, 1944-1946

Technology’s Stories v. 8, no. 1 – DOI: 10.15763/jou.ts.2020.06.08.03 PDF: Tan_Dreamscapes In the fall of 1944, John Lucian Savage, the American dam builder from the Bureau of Reclamation, arrived in China to survey the Yangtze Gorges. After cursory surveys upstream from the proposed site of the dam, Savage drafted a report proposing the construction of…

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