The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity

 
The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity by Anson Rabinbach
Published: 
January, 1992
ISBN: 
978-0520078277
Publisher: 
University of California Press

Science once had an unshakable faith in its ability to bring the forces of nature—even human nature—under control. In this wide-ranging book Anson Rabinbach examines how developments in physics, biology, medicine, psychology, politics, and art employed the metaphor of the working body as a human motor.

From nineteenth-century theories of thermodynamics and political economy to the twentieth-century ideals of Taylorism and Fordism, Rabinbach demonstrates how the utopian obsession with energy and fatigue shaped social thought across the ideological spectrum.

Fields: 
Area of Interest: 
Intellectual History
Science
Period: 
19th Century
20th Century
Region: 
Europe
United States