Thesis ID: CBB203403201

Lithograghy, Civil Examinations and Commercialization: A Study on the Shanghai Book Industry in Late Qing Times (1872-1905) (2016)


The rise of Shanghai book industry in late Qing is an important historical phenomenon for the production and transmission of knowledge in modern China. Under the influence of the conception of comprehensive history in writing the history of publishing, previous studies on Shanghai book industry had treated the topic as an indispensible field and footnote for their historical narratives. However, a study on the history of Shanghai book industry itself is yet to come. By making reference to researches on book history and studies on merchant groups and by extensively collecting materials published on Shenbao concerning Shanghai book dealers, news, advertisements, comments, etc., this paper attempts to discover the awareness of problem, trajectory of development and particularities of the Shanghai book industry. I am going to put emphasis on the “people”, the “groups”, their positions in historical writing as well as the interaction between them and the broad cultural institutions. My viewpoint is that the history of Shanghai book industry in late Qing is the outcome of the interaction among the new-style printing technologies, the traditional practices in book business, the civil examinations as well as the “choices” made by generations of Shanghai book dealers. Through examining the history of Shanghai book industry in late Qing and unraveling its complexities, I hope to make some contributions to our understanding of the institutions on knowledge production and transmission as well as the society and culture in late Qing.

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Authors & Contributors
Liang, Bo
Zhai, Wen-bao
Wang, Quanlai
Cao, Shucun
Mao, Shi-zhen
Xu, Fei
Late Imperial China
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Journal of Dialectics of Nature
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Spontaneous Generations
Cambridge University Press
University of Michigan
Georgia Institute of Technology
Princeton University
University of Minnesota
University of California, Irvine
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Missionaries and missions
Transmission of ideas
East Asia, civilization and culture
Richthofen, Ferdinand von
Li Wenyu (1840–1911)
Time Periods
20th century, early
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
19th century
18th century
20th century
Early modern
Shanghai (China)
United States
Shanghai Science Institute
Eastman Kodak Company
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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