Relying on documents previously unavailable to both Western and Chinese researchers, this history demonstrates how Western technology and evolving traditional values resulted in the birth of a unique form of print capitalism that would have a far-reaching and irreversible influence on Chinese culture. In the mid-1910s, what historians call the "Golden Age of Chinese Capitalism" began, accompanied by a technological transformation that included the drastic expansion of China’s "Gutenberg revolution." This is a vital reevaluation of Chinese modernity that refutes views that China's technological development was slowed by culture or that Chinese modernity was mere cultural continuity.
About the author
- Winner, Book Prize - Humanities, International Convention of Asian Scholars
- Commended, Delong Book Prize, Society for the History of Authorship
Christopher A. Reed is a member of the History Department at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.