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Technology in World Civilization: A Thousand Year History

Pacey, Arnold

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ISBN 10: 0631177558 / ISBN 13: 9780631177555
Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell, London, 1990
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Paperback. Ex-library. A few light creases and scores on covers. Library stickers and labels on front cover, spine foot and half-title page. Light wear on leading corners and spine ends. Library stamps on half-title page, BEP and copyright page. Pen on half-title page. A few marks on page block. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 425845

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Titel: Technology in World Civilization: A Thousand...

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 1990

Einband: Paperback


Art des Buches: Ex-Library

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Printing, gunpowder, clockwork and powered textile machines were invented in China a thousand years ago, and it is often assumed that this was a one-way influence on European technology. In the 20th century, by contrast, it is assumed that most inventions originate in the West and are then "transferred" to other nations. In this book, Arnold Pacey argues that the spread of technology is not part of a monologue directed from one country to another; techniques are rarely simply transferred without some modification. Gunpowder, for instance, and basic guns were invented in China, but provoked the invention of the far more powerful and deadly cannon in Europe. Equally, failure to appreciate that transfer of technology should not mean "imposition" on to Third World countries can lead to policy failure; transformations occur today as western inventions - such as the transistor - are redeveloped in Asian industries. Arnold Pacey portrays the process by which inventions are borrowed from one culture, modified to suit another and then lead to further invention, as a complex dialectic. Nuclear power and microelectronics are almost wholly the product of western science, but modern technology is by no means the unaided creation of the West. In this book it becomes clear that the ways in which these technologies, and the environmental skills that follow from them, are used and developed as part of a continuing dialogue with non-western cultures.

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