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Cold War Kitchen
Author: Ruth Oldenziel

ISBN: 9780262516136
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 5 January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.7
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Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev's famous "kitchen debate" in 1958 involved more than the virtues of American appliances. Both Nixon and Khrushchev recognized the political symbolism of the modern kitchen; the kind of technological innovation represented in this everyday context spoke to the political system that produced it. The kitchen connects the "big" politics of politicians and statesmen to the "small" politics of users and interest groups. Cold War Kitchen looks at the kitchen as material object and symbol, considering the politics and the practices of one of the most famous technological icons of the twentieth century. Defining the kitchen as a complex technological artifact as important as computers, cars, and nuclear missiles, the book examines the ways in which a range of social actors in Europe shaped the kitchen as both ideological construct and material practice. These actors--from manufacturers and modernist architects to housing reformers and ...

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