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In Britain the bulldozer entered the public imagination in the 1940s
and 1950s as a potent image of rebuilding and transformation. Even
the incoming General of the Salvation Army was described in 1946 as
a ‘bulldozer-driver’, and declared that he would ‘devote everything to
making the Army the bulldozer of Evangelism, seeking to drive through
the ruins and desolation of our shaken civilisation, a road by which men
may travel toward the Kingdom of God’.56
During the 1960s and 1970s in Britain the word ‘bulldozer’
became a shorthand for the whole process of destructive development:
machine became metaphor, the bulldozer standing as the symbol
of the entire vast and seemingly unstoppable machine of development
and its accompaniments of heedless politicians, greedy developers
and faceless bureaucracy

The work of the bulldozer is to push aside,
to clear away, to bury. It is a machine that prepares the ground for the
new, and in doing so it obliterates the old. It buries the evidence, levels
the ground and moves on, both creator and destroyer. In the post-war
world the bulldozer negotiated the passage from past to future across
the rubble-strewn landscape of rebuilding. The future was highways,
hospitals, power stations, shopping malls and spreading suburbia, with
the bulldozer, itself becoming ever larger, more powerful and more efficient,
leading the advance of urban modernity.

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