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Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico

Edward Beatty

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In the late nineteenth century, Mexican citizens quickly adopted new technologies imported from abroad to sew cloth, manufacture glass bottles, refine minerals, and provide many goods and services. Rapid technological change supported economic growth and also brought cultural change and social dislocation.

Drawing on three detailed case studies—the sewing machine, a glass bottle–blowing factory, and the cyanide process for gold and silver refining—Edward Beatty explores a central paradox of economic growth in nineteenth-century Mexico: while Mexicans made significant efforts to integrate new machines and products, difficulties in assimilating the skills required to use emerging technologies resulted in a persistent dependence on international expertise.

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latin america, manufacturing, 19th century, technology and imports, mexican patents, economic development, cyanide, sewing machines, economic growth, mexico, automation of technology, glass bottle manufacturing, history, technology in mexico, history students, technologies, second industrial revolution, turn of the century technology, economic historian, students and scholars, history teachers, emerging technologies, history of technology, industrialism, mexican economy, imported technology of 19th century