Book Cover
Author Light, Jennifer S., 1971-

Title From warfare to welfare : defense intellectuals and urban problems in Cold War America / Jennifer S. Light
Published Baltimore, Md. ; London : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2003]
Online access available from:
ProQuest Ebook Central Subscription    View Resource Record  
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (x, 287 pages) : illustrations
Contents Planning for the atomic age : creating a community of experts -- The city as a communication system -- Cybernetics and urban renewal -- Urban intelligence gathering -- Moon-shot management for American cities -- Cable as a Cold War technology -- Wired cities
Summary "Jennifer S. Light argues that the technologies and values of the cold war fundamentally shaped the history of postwar urban America. From Warfare to Welfare examines how American intellectuals, city leaders, and the federal government chose to attack problems in the nation's cities by borrowing techniques and technologies first designed for military engagement with foreign enemies. Facing threats like urban chaos, blight, and unrest, urban problem solvers adapted the expertise of defense professionals. Light traces the transfer of innovations from military to city planning and management. She thereby reveals how a continuing source of inspiration for American city administrators lay in the nation's preparations for war."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-280) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Federal-city relations -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Technology and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Urban policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- History -- 1945-
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003006229
ISBN 080187422X (alk. paper)
0801882737 (print)
9780801874222 (alk. paper)
9780801882739 (print)