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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Cynthia Brokaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231269

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231269.001.0001

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On the History of the Book in China

On the History of the Book in China

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(p.2) (p.3) One On the History of the Book in China
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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China
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Cynthia J. Brokaw

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0001

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

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