Nathan Wood

Associate Professor of History
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Dr. Wood studies how East Central Europeans have grappled with the challenges and opportunities stemming from industrialization and urbanization, especially during the overlapping periods commonly known as "The Age of Great Cities" (c. 1840-1939) and "The Age of Speed" (c. 1885-1939). His first book, "Becoming Metropolitan: Urban Selfhood and the Making of Modern Cracow," explores press representations of the city in the early twentieth century, including attitudes toward urban expansion, electric streetcars, automobiles, airplanes, and big-city crime and filth. His current book project, "Backwardness and Rushing Forward: Technology and Culture During Poland?s Age of Speed, 1885-1939," investigates the attitudes of early adapters, enthusiasts, journalists, the public, avant garde artists, and the nationalizing state toward bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes from their introduction until WWII.

 

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