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Karin Zachmann

Karin Zachmann is Professor of History of Technology at the Central Institute for the History of Technology, Technical University Munich.

Titles by This Editor

Americanization, Technology, and European Users

Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev’s famous “kitchen debate” in 1958 involved more than the virtues of American appliances. Both Nixon and Khrushchev recognized the political symbolism of the modern kitchen; the kind of technological innovation represented in this everyday context spoke to the political system that produced it. The kitchen connects the “big” politics of politicians and statesmen to the “small” politics of users and interest groups.