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On the History of the Book in China

Cynthia J. Brokaw

in Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0001
On the History of the Book in China

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This chapter discusses the history of commercial printing and book culture in China during the late imperial period. It suggests that two developments in the nineteenth century signalled the beginnings of a sea change in book culture. These are the lithographic and letterpress printing from the West, and the cultural and intellectual changes that transformed the nature of education and the social importance of the written word itself. The chapter also provides an outline of the coverage of this book.

Keywords: commercial printing; book culture; China; imperial period; lithographic printing; letterpress printing; cultural exchanges; intellectual changes; education; West

Chapter.  26088 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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