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History of Computing

Hacking Europe

From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes

Editors: Alberts, Gerard, Oldenziel, Ruth (Eds.)

  • Describes how local hacker communities across Europe appropriated the computer and forged new cultures around it
  • Explores the mediating actors instrumental in introducing and spreading the cultures of computing around Europe
  • Highlights the role of mischief, humor, and play in hacker culture
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Hacking Europe traces the user practices of chopping games in Warsaw, hacking software in Athens, creating chaos in Hamburg, producing demos in Turku, and partying with computing in Zagreb and Amsterdam. Focusing on several European countries at the end of the Cold War, the book shows the digital development was not an exclusively American affair. Local hacker communities appropriated the computer and forged new cultures around it like the hackers in Yugoslavia, Poland and Finland, who showed off their tricks and creating distinct “demoscenes.” Together the essays reflect a diverse palette of cultural practices by which European users domesticated computer technologies. Each chapter explores the mediating actors instrumental in introducing and spreading the cultures of computing around Europe. More generally, the “ludological” element--the role of mischief, humor, and play--discussed here as crucial for analysis of hacker culture, opens new vistas for the study of the history of technology.

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“The wealth, diversity and international character of the contributions makes the volume an extraordinary insightful and entertaining read … . Given the popularity of approaches towards social (co-)construction of technology, one can hope that the assembled contributions will spur a stronger interest in the history of home computers, their social meanings, and the subcultures that arose around them. In this domain, this volume will always remain a milestone.” (Gleb J. Albert, European History Quarterly, Vol. 46 (1), 2016)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: How European Players Captured the Computer and Created the Scenes

    Alberts, Gerard (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Transnational (Dis)Connection in Localizing Personal Computing in the Netherlands, 1975–1990

    Veraart, Frank C. A.

    Pages 25-48

  • “Inside a Day You Will Be Talking to It Like an Old Friend”: The Making and Remaking of Sinclair Personal Computing in 1980s Britain

    Lean, Thomas

    Pages 49-71

  • Legal Pirates Ltd: Home Computing Cultures in Early 1980s Greece

    Lekkas, Theodoros

    Pages 73-103

  • Galaxy and the New Wave: Yugoslav Computer Culture in the 1980s

    Jakić, Bruno

    Pages 107-128

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5493-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5492-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
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  • Due: August 30, 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-7069-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hacking Europe
Book Subtitle
From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes
Editors
  • Gerard Alberts
  • Ruth Oldenziel
Series Title
History of Computing
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-5493-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-5493-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5492-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-7069-3
Series ISSN
2190-6831
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 269
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations
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