This is a study of the changing relationships between science, technology and economic development from the 18th century to the present time. Such an embracing subject demands that the text swings between social history and economic history, between cultures and markets, between Europe and Asia and between information (embodying ideas) and artefacts (including machines). In performing this exercise a very large and complex body of secondary literature is drawn upon, ranging from material on popular science in Hanoverian England to modernization strategies in post-Maoist China. Important historical themes, such as those of industrial revolution, technology transfer or the institutional setting of knowledge diffusion are broached in chapters whose major topics may vary between 18th-century Europe or late 19th-century Japan.
Introduction - science, technology and economic development; mental capital - transfers of knowledge in 18th-century Europe; science and technology in the British industrial revolution; the scientific enterprise - institutions and the diffusion of knowledge in the 19th century; technology, economic backwardness and industrialization - general schema; industrialization - winners and losers; technology, economic backwardness and industrialization - the case of Japan; science, technology and imperialism - India; China and beyond; centre and periphery - science and technology in America and Australia; 20th-century aftermaths - science, technology and economic development.
Series: Themes in Comparative History S.
Number Of Pages: 407
Published: 31st May 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.1
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 15