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The hidden integration of Eurasia: East-West relations in the history of technology
2017 (English)In: Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum, ISSN 2228-2009, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 71-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

"East" and "West" have long been prominent categories in the history of technology. The historical literature that claims to deal with comparisons or connections between East and West from a technological point of view is rich and fascinating. Yet, so far there has been no attempt to succinctly summarize or synthesize the main findings. This article takes a first step towards such a synthesis. It does so by addressing technological interaction between three broadly defined geographical regions: (1) Western Europe and North America; (2) Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia; and (3) the non-Russian Far East. The article suggests that East-West studies in the history of technology can be divided into three sets, which would benefit from greater interaction with each other: studies of East-West and West- East technology transfer; studies comparing the evolution of Eastern and Western technological levels and technological "styles"; and studies of large technical systems that materially interconnect East and West.

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Estonian Association for the History and Philosophy of Science , 2017. Vol. 5, no 2, p. 71-99
Keywords [en]
China, East-West relations, Europe, Large technical systems, Russia, Technological style, Technology transfer
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History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227820DOI: 10.11590/abhps.2017.2.03Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041664478OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-227820DiVA, id: diva2:1209898
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