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Weimar Republic


Germany's first democratic government. (1919-1933). Presided over years of high inflation, unemployment, and political turmoil.
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Verein Deutscher Ingenieure


The largest and leading German engineering society.
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Unforeseen effects


Positive or negative results of the design that were not apparent during the design stage of the technology.
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Uncertainty thinking


Schon model. Making decisions in a situation were you do not know enough of the variables to make a valid quantifiable prediction. Avoided by large corporations.
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USS Princeton


Steam powered war ship carrying the weapon Peacemaker. Designed by Ericcson and Stockton, the Peacemaker exploded on board February 28, 1844 killing two members of the cabinet.
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Treaty of Versailles


Treaty which ended World War I. Harshly punitive to the Germans. Source of resentment which fueled the Nazi's rise to power.
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Transfer vehicles


How technology gets from one place to another. ex: theft, contract, gift
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Transfer of Technology


the movement of a technology from its culture of origin to some different culture
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Todt


Leading engineer in Nazi Germany after 1935. Espoused culture-determined technology.
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Technological style


Style in which engineers work in designing technology. ex: negotiation, standardization
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