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A Centennial History of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: 1880-1980
Bruce Sinclair
Bruce Sinclair
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The search for orderliness and for systematic procedures that so characterized late nineteenth-century America is usually described in political or economic terms. Historians often claim that Progressive Era politics emphasized government by city managers rather than city bosses, for instance, and that the business world also looked for a new kind of managerial expertise to take it beyond the anarchy of the robber barons. But these tendencies can also clearly be seen in engineering institutions — and they obviously derived from the same social and economic forces.

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