Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 391 pages
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Relying on documents previously unavailable to both Western andChinese researchers, this history demonstrates how Westerntechnology and evolving traditional values resulted in the birth of aunique form of print capitalism that would have a far-reaching andirreversible influence on Chinese culture. In the mid-1910s, whathistorians call the "Golden Age of Chinese Capitalism" began,accompanied by a technological transformation that included the drasticexpansion of China’s "Gutenberg revolution." Thisis a vital reevaluation of Chinese modernity that refutes viewsthat China's technological development was slowed by culture orthat Chinese modernity was mere cultural continuity.
  

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Contents

Gutenbergs Descendants Transferring Industrialized Printing Technology to China 18071930
25
JanusFaced Pioneers The Golden Age of Shanghais Lithographic PrinterPublishers 18761905
88
Sooty Sons of Vulcan Forging Shanghais Printing Machinery 18951937
128
The Hub of the Wheel Commerce Technology and Organizational Innovation in Shanghais NewStyle Publishing World 1876c 1911
161
The Three Legs of the Tripod Commercial Press Zhonghua Books and World Books 191237
203
Conclusion
257
A BirdsEye View of 1930s Shanghais Fuzhou RoadWenhuajie District
280
Glossary of Chinese Terms Titles and Names
289
Notes
297
Selected AsianLanguage Bibliography
360
Selected WesternLanguage Bibliography
367
Index
379
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Christopher A. Reed is a member of the HistoryDepartment at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

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