The enemy is nature: Military machines and technological bricolage in Britain’s ‘Great Agricultural Experiment’

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Abstract

The link between warfare and technological innovation has been well documented by historians. World War II was a particularly intense crucible of technological change, and the repurposing of military technologies and industries in the forging of a new post-war consumer capitalism is crucial for understanding the “Great Acceleration” phase of the Anthropocene. Processes of technological bricolage turned the machines of war onto the natural world, as global powers competed to cement their economic and imperial hegemony.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
JournalArcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
VolumeSpring 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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