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Technology and the culture of progress in Meiji Japan

Author: David G Wittner
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2008.
Series: Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia East Asia series (2005), 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book David Wittner situates Japan's Meiji Era experience of technology transfer and industrial modernization within the realm of culture, politics, and symbolism, examining how nineteenth century beliefs in civilization and enlightenment influenced the process of technological choice.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David G Wittner
ISBN: 9780415433754 0415433754 9780415560610 0415560616 9780203946374 0203946375
OCLC Number: 123391036
Description: xix, 199 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Meiji modernization revisited --
Tradition and modernization --
Iron machines and brick buildings : the material culture of silk reeling --
Smelting for civilization : technological choice and the modernization of the iron industry --
Bunmei kaika to gijutsu : technology's role in 'civilization and enlightenment' --
Conclusion : from technological determinism to techno-imperialism.
Series Title: Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia East Asia series (2005), 10.
Responsibility: David G. Wittner.
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Examines the technological change and the beliefs that were the engines of change in the nineteenth century iron and silk reeling industries. By situating Meiji Japan firmly within the Victorian  Read more...

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