Strands of Modernization: The Circulation of Technology and Business Practices in East Asia, 1850–1920

Edited by David B. Sicilia and David G. Wittner

© 2021

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were periods of extraordinary transfer and diffusion of industry, transportation-related technology and business methods. While most scholarship on nineteenth century technology transfer beyond Europe and North America has focussed on the West-to-East movement of artifacts, skills, and knowledge, Strands of Modernization considers the diffusion of industry and transportation-related technologies as well as business methods in East Asia, in the period between approximately 1850 and 1920.

Highlighting currents moving in multiple directions, David B. Sicilia, David G. Wittner, and contributors, expand upon conventional notions of what qualifies as a "technology" or a "business practice," looking more broadly at skills, systems of technology, tacit knowledge, and the ideologies and other belief systems with which they interact. The core ambition driving Strands of Modernization is to illuminate processes of adaption, versus adoption, that occur when technology and business practices cross socio-cultural boundaries.

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  • Series: Japan and Global Society
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  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Expanding the historical understanding of the myriad ways in which the transfer of technology and business methods unfolded within East Asia, Strands of Modernization examines the translation of technologies among competing developing economies.

Strands of Modernization: The Circulation of Technology and Business Practices in East Asia, 1850–1920

Edited by David B. Sicilia and David G. Wittner

© 2021

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were periods of extraordinary transfer and diffusion of industry, transportation-related technology and business methods. While most scholarship on nineteenth century technology transfer beyond Europe and North America has focussed on the West-to-East movement of artifacts, skills, and knowledge, Strands of Modernization considers the diffusion of industry and transportation-related technologies as well as business methods in East Asia, in the period between approximately 1850 and 1920.

Highlighting currents moving in multiple directions, David B. Sicilia, David G. Wittner, and contributors, expand upon conventional notions of what qualifies as a "technology" or a "business practice," looking more broadly at skills, systems of technology, tacit knowledge, and the ideologies and other belief systems with which they interact. The core ambition driving Strands of Modernization is to illuminate processes of adaption, versus adoption, that occur when technology and business practices cross socio-cultural boundaries.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Japan and Global Society
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Illustrations: 28
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    David B. Sicilia is an associate professor in the Department of History and Henry Kaufman Chair of Financial History at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.


    David G. Wittner is a distinguished professor in the Department of History at Utica College.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction:  Capacious Connections with and within East Asia
    David G. Wittner and David B. Sicilia

    1. Multinationals and Western Technology Transfer to East Asia, 1870-1914
    David B. Sicilia

    2. Print Capitalism and Material Culture:  Technology Transfer in Early Twentieth-Century China
    Tze-Ki Hon

    3. The Essence of Being Modern: Indigenous Knowledge and Technology Transfer in Meiji Japan
    David G. Wittner

    4. The Evolution of the Exposition Form and its Transfer from the West to Japan
    Jeffer Daykin

    5. What the Eastern Wind Brings: Rickshaw, Mobility and Modernity in Asia
    M. William Steele

    6. Zhang Jian and the Transfer of Western Business Methods through Japan into China
    Yu Chen

    7. Shibusawa Eiichi and the Transfer of Western Banking to Japan
    Kimura Masato

    8. Korea’s Hansung Bank and the Daiichi Bank: The Path from the West through Japan
    Kim Myungsoo

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