Empires of coal : fueling China's entry into the modern world order, 1860-1920 (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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Empires of coal : fueling China's entry into the modern world order, 1860-1920

Author: Shellen Xiao Wu
Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2015] © 2015
Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From 1868 tp 1872, German geologist Ferdinand von Richthofen went on an expedition to China. His reports on what he found there would transform Western interest in China from the land of porcelain and tea to a repository of immense coal reserves. By the 1890s, European and American powers and the Qing state and local elites battled for control over the rights to these valuable mineral deposits. As coal went from a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version:
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shellen Xiao Wu
ISBN: 9780804792844 0804792844 9781503610101 1503610101
OCLC Number: 893668858
Description: xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Fueling industrialization in the age of coal --
Ferdinand von Richthofen and the geology of empire --
Lost and found in translation : geology, mining, and the search for wealth and power --
Engineers as the agents of science and empire, 1886-1914 --
Nations, empires, and mining rights, 1895-1911 --
Geology in the age of imperialism, 1890-1923 --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Other Titles: Fueling China's entry into the modern world order, 1860-1920
Responsibility: Shellen Xiao Wu.

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"This book narrates how, from the 1860s to the 1910s, China entered into a modern, industrializing world driven by fossil fuels. The topic could not carry greater contemporary relevance for China and Read more...

 
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