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- DescriptionAlthough the history of techlogical 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 techlogical 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 techlogy. He examines the techniques of these artists, their use of painting, woodblock prints and the book, and what their drawings reveal about changing techlogy in agriculture, industry, architecture, astromical, 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.
- Author BiographyPeter J. Golas is professor emeritus at the University of Denver and the author of the volume on the history of Chinese mining in Joseph Needham's Science and Civilisation in China.
- Author(s)Peter J. Golas
- PublisherHong Kong University Press
- Date of Publication24/07/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationHong Kong
- Country of PublicationHong Kong
- ImprintHong Kong University Press
- Content Note18 color, 92 b&w
- Weight504 g
- Width163 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
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