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Technology in world civilization : a thousand-year history

Author: Arnold Pacey
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st MIT Press edView all editions and formats
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"Most general histories of technology are Euro-centrist, focusing on a main line of western technology that stretches from the Greeks through the computer. In this very different book, Arnold Pacey takes a global view, placing the development of technology squarely in a 'world civilization.' He portrays the process as a complex dialectic by which inventions borrowed from one culture are adopted to suit another.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Pacey
ISBN: 0262161176 9780262161176 0262660725 9780262660723
OCLC Number: 20131080
Description: xi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: An age of Asian technology, AD 700-1100 --
Before the Mongols --
Movements West, 1150-1490 --
Conquest in the Americas, and Asian trade --
Gunpowder empires, 1450-1650 --
Concepts in technology, 1550-1750 --
Three industrial movements, 1700-1815 --
Guns and rails : Asia, Britain and America --
Railroad empires, 1850-1940 --
Scientific revolutions and technical dreams --
Survival technology in the twentieth century.
Responsibility: Arnold Pacey.
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