By Brian Frehner
By Timothy Druckrey,Siegfried Zielinski,Gloria Custance
By Jennifer E. Riddle,Elizabeth Dickey
By Lisa Gitelman
By Francesca Bray
What can the heritage of know-how give a contribution to our knowing of overdue imperial China? such a lot tales approximately know-how in pre-modern China stick to a well-worn plot: in approximately 1400 after an early ferment of creativity that made it the main technologically refined civilisation on the planet, China entered an period of technical lethargy and decline. yet how are we to reconcile this story, which portrays China within the Ming and Qing dynasties as a loss of life mammoth that had outgrown its personal energy, with the wealth of counterevidence declaring that the rustic remained wealthy, energetic and robust no less than till the top of the eighteenth century? Does this seeming contradiction suggest that the stagnation tale is just improper, or even that expertise was once inappropriate to how imperial society labored? Or does it suggest that historians of expertise may still ask higher questions on what know-how was once, what it did and what it intended in pre-modern societies like overdue imperial China?
In this publication, Francesca Bray explores matters corresponding to expertise and ethics, know-how and gendered subjectivities (both woman and male), and know-how and statecraft to light up how fabric settings and practices formed topographies of daily adventure and ideologies of presidency, options of the self and applied sciences of the topic. reading applied sciences starting from ploughing and weaving to drawing photographs, development a home, prescribing medication or composing a textual content, this ebook deals a wealthy perception into the interaction among the micro- and macro-politics of way of life and the workings of governmentality in past due imperial China, displaying that gender rules have been woven into the very textile of empire, from cosmology and ideologies of rule to the fabric foundations of the nation and the typical practices of the household sphere.
This authoritative textual content should be welcomed by means of scholars and students of chinese language heritage, in addition to these engaged on international heritage and the histories of gender, know-how and agriculture. additionally, will probably be of significant use to these attracted to social and cultural anthropology and fabric tradition.
By Paul White
By Jennifer Holt
Empires of Entertainment integrates criminal, regulatory, business, and political histories to chronicle the dramatic transformation in the media among 1980 and 1996. As movie, broadcast, and cable grew from essentially separate industries to interconnected, synergistic parts of world media conglomerates, the suggestions of vertical and horizontal integration have been redesigned. The parameters and bounds of marketplace focus, consolidation, and executive scrutiny started to shift as America's politics replaced below the Reagan management. by using case stories that spotlight key moments during this transformation, Jennifer Holt explores the politics of deregulation, the reinterpretation of antitrust legislation, and lasting ameliorations within the media panorama.
Holt skillfully expands the traditional types and limits of media background. A primary a part of her argument is that those media industries were intertwined for many years and, as such, can't be thought of individually. in its place, movie, cable and broadcast has to be understood when it comes to each other, as severe elements of a typical historical past. Empires of Entertainment is a distinct account of deregulation and its effect on political financial system, commercial concepts, and media tradition on the finish of the 20th century.
By Steve Talbott
By Anique Hommels,Jessica Mesman,Wiebe E. Bijker
By Lara Kriegel
Drawing on quite a lot of resources, together with museum guidebooks, layout manuals, illustrated newspapers, development books, and govt studies, Kriegel brings to existence the numerous Victorians who claimed a stake in aesthetic reform in the course of the center years of the 19th century. The aspiring artists who attended the govt. college of layout, the embattled provincial printers who sought a reinforced commercial copyright, the exhibition-going hundreds of thousands who visited the Crystal Palace, the lower-middle-class shoppers who discovered new rules of style in metropolitan museums, and the operating males of London who critiqued the city’s paintings and layout collections—all are solid by way of Kriegel as best cultural actors in their day. Grand Designs indicates how those Victorians vied to upend aesthetic hierarchies in an imperial age and, within the method, to refashion London’s public culture.