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Against the Machine: Luddites
Guernica Editions, Spring 2020
412 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771834797
ISBN10: 177183479X
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US

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At war against Napoleon near bankrupt English mill-masters experiment with a new factory system acquiring machines to replace men. A young worker leads the Luddites attacking mills and smashing machines. With increased assaults and even murder North England feels the grip of terrorism. Government agents attempt to suppress the rebellion. In 1812 there are more British troops in North England than fighting Napoleon in Europe. Against the Machine relates the story of the diverse characters caught in this conflict. It unveils the rank exploitation which marked the Industrial Revolution. Timely, intense and reflective of another, technological revolution: our own.
If we don't manage these machines and ourselves who make them, if we don't marry what we make with who we are . . . then we'll all become nowt but slaves!

Books by Brian Van Norman

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