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City on fire : technology, social change, and the hazards of progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910 / Anna Rose Alexander.

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Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.

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  • ISBN: 082296418X
  • ISBN: 9780822964186
  • ISBN: 0822981467
  • ISBN: 9780822981466
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-218).
Contents: Acknowledgments; Introduction: Modernity and Its Accidents; Chapter One. Fighting Fire, Fighting Fear; Chapter Two. Science of Regulation; Chapter Three. Controlling the Flames-The Fire Brigade; Chapter Four. Engineering Safety; Chapter Five. Inventing Protection; Chapter Six. Insuring Progress; Chapter Seven. Healing the Hazardous City; Conclusion; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
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Summary: "City on Fire is a chronicle of progress and danger, that integrates urban environmental history with histories of technology, science, and medicine to reveal how Mexico City changed in response to the growing threat of fire in the urban center"--
"By the mid-nineteenth century, efforts to modernize and industrialize Mexico City had the unintended consequence of exponentially increasing the risk of fire while also breeding a culture of fear. Through an array of archival sources, Anna Rose Alexander argues that fire became a catalyst for social change, as residents mobilized to confront the problem. Advances in engineering and medicine soon fostered the rise of distinct fields of fire-related expertise while conversely, the rise of fire-profiteering industries allowed entrepreneurs to capitalize on crisis. City on Fire demonstrates that both public and private engagements with fire risk highlight the inequalities that characterized Mexican society at the turn of the twentieth century"--
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Citation: Alexander, Anna Rose. "City on fire : technology, social change, and the hazards of progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910." Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.
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