cover of book
 

City on Fire: Technology, Social Change, and the Hazards of Progress in Mexico City, 1860-1910
by Anna Rose Alexander
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8229-8146-6 | Paper: 978-0-8229-6418-6
Library of Congress Classification HN120.M45A44 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.097253

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

See other books on: City | Fire | Mexico City | Progress | Social medicine
See other titles from University of Pittsburgh Press
Nearby on shelf for Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform / By region or country: