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By Ruth Oldenziel, Karin Zachmann

Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev's well-known "kitchen debate" in 1958 concerned greater than the virtues of yank home equipment. either Nixon and Khrushchev famous the political symbolism of the trendy kitchen; the type of technological innovation represented during this daily context spoke to the political procedure that produced it. The kitchen connects the "big" politics of politicians and statesmen to the "small" politics of clients and curiosity teams. chilly warfare Kitchen appears on the kitchen as fabric item and image, contemplating the politics and the practices of 1 of the main well-known technological icons of the 20 th century. Defining the kitchen as a posh technological artifact as vital as desktops, vehicles, and nuclear missiles, the e-book examines the ways that quite a number social actors in Europe formed the kitchen as either ideological build and fabric perform. those actors--from brands and modernist architects to housing reformers and feminists--constructed and domesticated the technological options of the postwar kitchen. the house grew to become a "mediation junction" during which girls clients and others felt loose to recommend manufacturers from the consumer's perspective. In essays illustrated by means of extraordinary interval pictures, the individuals to chilly warfare Kitchen think about such themes as Soviet consumers' ambivalent responses to the yank dream kitchen argued over via Nixon and Khrushchev; the Frankfurter Küche, a ecu modernist kitchen of the interwar interval (and its export to Turkey whilst its dressmaker fled the Nazis); and the British state-subsidized kitchen layout so leading edge that it used to be wrong for a luxurious American product. The concluding essays problem the acquired knowledge of prior interpretations of the kitchen debate.

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41 Germans marveled at a ‘‘completely automatic, mechanized wonder kitchen . . S.

3. For one of the first historical but modernist inspired accounts on kitchens, see Sigfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History (New York: Norton, 1948), pt. 6; see also Marling, ‘‘Nixon in Moscow,’’ As Seen on TV, 262 63. 4. Langdon Winner, The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986). 5. Gabrielle Hecht, The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998), 15.

Presentations made by female conferees concerning ‘‘the working woman and the issues of interior architecture,’’ for example, proved to be thematically out of synch with the agenda of beauty and national tradition promoted by Ulbricht and other party functionaries and were never shared with the East German public. A report by the Dutch emigre´ designer Liv Falkenberg on new housing projects in the People’s Republic of Czechoslovakia noted the inclusion of built-in kitchen cabinets and storage units in every apartment, a point that challenged the prevailing argument that the East German government could not afford to provide these amenities in its postwar reconstruction program.

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