Book ID: CBB567452595

Picturing Technology in China: From Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century (2015)


Golas, Peter J. (Author)

Hong Kong University Press

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 252
Language: English

Although the history of technological and scientific illustrations is a well-established field in the West, scholarship on the much longer Chinese experience is still undeveloped. This work by Peter Golas is a short, illustrated overview tracing the subject to pre-Han inscriptions but focusing mainly on the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. His main theme is that technological drawings developed in a different way in China from in the West largely because they were made by artists rather than by specialist illustrators or practitioners of technology. He examines the techniques of these artists, their use of painting, woodblock prints and the book, and what their drawings reveal about changing technology in agriculture, industry, architecture, astronomical, military, and other spheres. The text is elegantly written, and the images, about 100 in all, are carefully chosen. This is likely to appeal to both scholars and general readers.

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Review Delphine Spicq (2020) Review of "Picturing Technology in China: From Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century". East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (pp. 163-167). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Golas, Peter J.
Chu, Pingyi
Hammers, Roslyn Lee
Ma, Liping
Sterckx, Roel
Tunstall, Alexandra
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Revue de Synthèse
Science in Context
Princeton University
Hong Kong University Press
University of Hawai'i Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
State University of New York Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Visual representation; visual communication
Scientific illustration
Needham, Joseph
Zhu Kerou
Li, Rui
Li, Ye
Xu, Shuwei
Xu, Bin
Song Dynasty (China, 960-1279)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
Yuan Dynasty (China, ca. 1260-1368)

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