Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774810418 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
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Gutenberg in Shanghai

Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937

Christopher A. Reed,

Gutenberg in Shanghai

Christopher A. Reed,

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

408 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774810418 Published January 2005 For sale in USA only
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780774810401 Published March 2004 For sale in USA only
Relying on documents previously unavailable to both Western and Chinese researchers, this history demonstrates how Western technology and evolving traditional values resulted in the birth of a unique form of print capitalism that would have a far-reaching and irreversible influence on Chinese culture. In the mid-1910s, what historians call the "Golden Age of Chinese Capitalism" began, accompanied by a technological transformation that included the drastic expansion of China’s "Gutenberg revolution." This is a vital reevaluation of Chinese modernity that refutes views that China's technological development was slowed by culture or that Chinese modernity was mere cultural continuity.
Contents

Introduction

1 Gutenberg’s Descendants: Transferring Industrialized Printing Technology to China, 1807-1930

2 Janus-Faced Pioneers: The Golden Age of Shanghai’s Lithographic Printer-Publishers, 1876-1905

3 "Sooty Sons of Vulcan": Forging Shanghai’s Printing Machinery, 1897-1937

4 "The Hub of the Wheel": Commerce, Technology, and Organizational Innovation in Shanghai’s New-Style Publishing World, 1876-c. 1911

5 "The Three Legs of the Tripod": Commercial Press, Zhonghua Books, and World Books, 1912-37

Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Selected Asian-Language Bibliography

Selected Western-Language Bibliography

Index

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