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Transferring Technology to China: Prosper Giquel and the Self-Strengthening Movement (China Research Monograph 28) Paperback – June 1, 1985

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Product Details

  • Series: China Research Monograph
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Institute of East Asian Studies (June 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912966769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912966762
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,411,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W Boudville HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Today China is rapidly catching up to the developed nations in technology. But stress remains in issues like foreign firms transferring some of their technology to a Chinese subsidiary. Aspects like intellectual property protection can be cloudy. Which makes this book an interesting and relevant read for our time. It is set in the mid 19th century, when China lagged far behind the Europeans. And also too increasingly behind an industrialising Japan.

The book recounts a barely remembered episode, when France offered to transfer crucial shipbuilding technology to a Chinese dockyard. We see how many French technicians were stationed at the port, and how they trained their Chinese counterparts. But difficulties were vast; not limited to language differences. That China was imperial China, dominated by the dead hand of a fossilised aristocracy, with many members who resisted change, no matter how necessary for China to hold its own against encroachers. Confucianism was alive and well as the dominant ideology, and used to act against many of the proposed changes. For the changes were not just limited to technological methods, but also a way of thinking that actively gave more initiative, and needed such initiative, to its practitioners.

Today's China is vastly different. Dynamic and fast growing. Yet the book's glimpses into a vanished China evoke echoes of the same stresses.
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