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Gutenberg in Shanghai: Chinese Print Capitalism, 1876-1937

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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." Gutenberg in Shanghai is a brilliant examination of this process. It finds the origins of that revolution in the country's printing industries of the late imperial period an ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by University of Hawaii Press (first published November 1st 2003)
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Rick Harrington
Jan 08, 2011 Rick Harrington rated it it was amazing
Highly academic and written in a style which should be of interest only to academics, this scholarly tome comes along right in the midst of popular debate about both the positives and predations of the Internet as a technological phenomenon having transformative power never seen since the time of Gutenberg. Just as the printing press brought down the patriarchal Church, it is supposed that the Internet could undermine the current power structure.

What Reed does in this volume is to demonstrate f
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Jessica Zu
Oct 02, 2015 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it
an awesome read ... distinguishing and refining "print culture" and "print capitalism" using shanghai as an entry point and case study
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