The Revolt of the Machines: In conversation with Philipp Blom

During the interwar years, the fear of losing control over technology transformed into the dream of the “New Man,” a kind of superman able to reassert his authority over history. The legacy of this trauma and the responses to it is still part of our imagination, and confronting it may be more important than ever before.

In November last year, Philipp Blom—historian, journalist and author of The Vertigo Years, among other books—delivered a Studium Generale lecture called “The Revolt of the Machines: Dreams and Nightmares of the Interwar Years” to a captive audience.

Following the event, Blom spoke with us about, among other topics, how religion forms the mentality of a society, life for everyday people in the inter-war years and the sometimes destructive effects of rapid technological advancement.

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