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Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

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Book Series: Making Sense of History ISBN: 9781785334467 Year: Pages: 296 Language: English
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Subject: Arts in general --- History --- Architecture
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From consumer products to architecture to advertising to digital technology, design is an undeniably global phenomenon. Yet despite their professed transnational perspective, historical studies of design have all too often succumbed to a bias toward Western, industrialized nations. This diverse but rigorously curated collection recalibrates our understanding of design history, reassessing regional and national cultures while situating them within an international context. Here, contributors from five continents offer nuanced studies that range from South Africa to the Czech Republic, all the while sensitive to the complexities of local variation and the role of nation-states in identity construction.

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