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History China

Gutenberg in Shanghai

Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937

by (author) Christopher A. Reed

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2004
Category
China, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774810401
    Publish Date
    Mar 2004
    List Price
    $95.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774810418
    Publish Date
    Jan 2005
    List Price
    $34.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774841214
    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
    List Price
    $34.95

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Description

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

Awards

  • Winner, Book Prize - Humanities, International Convention of Asian Scholars
  • Commended, Delong Book Prize, Society for the History of Authorship

Contributor Notes

Christopher A. Reed is a member of the History Department at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.