Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology, and European Users (Inside Technology)

Cold War Kitchen: Americanization, Technology, and European Users (Inside Technology)


Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev's well-known "kitchen debate" in 1958 concerned greater than the virtues of yank home equipment. either Nixon and Khrushchev well-known the political symbolism of the trendy kitchen; the type of technological innovation represented during this daily context spoke to the political method that produced it. The kitchen connects the "big" politics of politicians and statesmen to the "small" politics of clients and curiosity teams. Cold battle Kitchen appears to be like on the kitchen as fabric item and image, contemplating the politics and the practices of 1 of the main recognized technological icons of the 20th century. Defining the kitchen as a posh technological artifact as vital as desktops, automobiles, and nuclear missiles, the ebook examines the ways that a variety of social actors in Europe formed the kitchen as either ideological build and fabric perform. those actors -- from brands and modernist architects to housing reformers and feminists -- built and domesticated the technological techniques of the postwar kitchen. the house grew to become a "mediation junction" within which girls clients and others felt unfastened to suggest manufacturers from the consumer's standpoint. In essays illustrated by way of remarkable interval photos, the members to Cold conflict Kitchen examine such issues as Soviet shoppers' ambivalent responses to the yank dream kitchen argued over through Nixon and Khrushchev; the Frankfurter Küche, a ecu modernist kitchen of the interwar interval (and its export to Turkey while its fashion designer fled the Nazis); and the British state-subsidized kitchen layout so leading edge that it used to be fallacious for a luxurious American product. The concluding essays problem the got knowledge of prior interpretations of the kitchen debate.

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