Knowledge Transfers: A Regional Technology Complex?

Geoffrey C. Gunn

in History Without Borders

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083343
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882208988 | DOI:
Knowledge Transfers: A Regional Technology Complex?

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This chapter summarizes what contributions India, the Islamic world, and China made to the East-Southeast Asian “regional technology complex,” alongside evolutionary trends in indigenous knowledge (outside of better-known Western technology transfers). It examines levels of skill in craft (besides handicraft), manufacture, science, and technology across a select number of polities, with a view to establishing where major East–East transfers and advances occurred alongside rejections and stagnations. East–East transfer implies knowledge exchanges from across the vast Eurasian zone, raising questions as to the primary origins of this or that trait, and allowing for separate or simultaneous developments from around the globe. The 1000–1800 time frame was a period when Occidental knowledge made its impact in East-Southeast Asia, but tracing the embrace of universal science in Asia is not the primary intent of this chapter.

Keywords: Islamic world; manufacture; technology; East–East transfers; Eurasian zone

Chapter.  8627 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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