Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937
UBC Press, 2004 - 391 頁
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."Gutenberg in Shanghai examines this process. It finds the origins of that revolution in the country's printing industries of the late imperial period and analyzes their subsequent development in the Republican era. This book, which relies on documents previously unavailable to both Western and Chinese researchers, demonstrates how Western technology and evolving traditional values resulted in the birth of a unique form of print capitalism whose influence on Chinese culture was far-reaching and irreversible. Its conclusion contests arguments that view China's technological development as slowed by culture, or that interpret Chinese modernity as mere cultural continuity.Gutenberg in Shanghai will interest scholars of Chinese history and specialists in cultural studies, political science, sociology, the history of the book, and the anthropology of science and technology.