Kriegsbezogene Technikfantasien zwischen 1871 und 1914

Okt 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Mobility, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics


Miriam Bußkamp Institut für Geschichte, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie,


Abstract English

This essay is supposed to answer the purpose of examining reflections about the technological development of war machinery between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the beginning of the First World War. The use of technologically evolved weapons in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71 and other wars in the aftermath were observed critically and led to various opinions about the form of war to be. These were expressed in contemporary literature like pamphlets, scientific papers and science fiction novels. These will be analysed for imprints of technophobia, technophilia or fascination with technology. As this paper will point out, all three elements can be found in the corpus of literature consulted for this topic. Besides reflections on already existing and only enhanced weapons like guns or cannons, also technology not yet used in war like ironclads or airplanes and its impacts on future war are covered in the works chosen for this essay.


War technology, Technophobia, Technophilia


Miriam Bußkamp “Kriegsbezogene Technikfantasien zwischen 1871 und 1914,” Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, ISSN 1868-6648, vol. 4 (2012), 105 – 118, Article ID, Pages:  14

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KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648