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Science and Civilisation in China

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ISBN-10: 0521875668

ISBN-13: 9780521875660

Edition: 2007

Authors: Donald B. Wagner

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Donald B. Wagner provides a comprehensive historical account of the production and use of iron and steel in China in their political and economic context. An initial chapter on the traditional Chinese iron industry introduces the important technical concepts and the ways in which technology, geography, and economics interact and influence political phenomena. Recent archaeological work indicates that the earliest production of iron in China was in the Northwest, and that the technology was introduced from the West via Central Asia. It was, however, the invention in South China of large-scale technologies which put China on a very different developmental path from that of the West. Further…    
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Book details

List price: $285.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.652
Language: English

Donald B. Wagner is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen.

Introductory orientations: the traditional Chinese iron industry in recent centuries
The earliest use of iron in China
The flourishing iron industry of the -3rd and -2nd centuries
The Han state monopoly of the iron industry
The arts of the smith from Late Han through Tang
Technical evolution and economic revolution in the Song period
Economic expansion in the Ming period
Some Chinese contributions to modern siderurgical technology