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Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power

Doron S. Ben-Atar


This book focuses on intellectual piracy and presents an interpretive study of the American appropriation of forbidden European know-how from the perspective of a diplomatic historian of the early republic. The technology and the manner in which Americans acquired it came in three forms that were never quite independent of one another. First, there was the knowledge itself—the mechanical and scientific discoveries that made innovations possible. Second, there were the innovations that improved existing production processes and allowed for the creation of new products that were smuggled across ... More

Keywords: intellectual property, market economy, inventors, industrial capitalism, technology deficit, manufacturers, industrial technology, industrial underdevelopment, industrialization, European technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100068
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doron S. Ben-Atar, author