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Technology in World Civilization A Thousand Year History

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Movement centered on the availability of "cheap labor in India Pacey s discussion of these movements is brief and in need of "labor in India Pacey s discussion of these movements is brief and in need of The book shines in its discussion of the inspiration for new technologies While Pacey admits that material concerns and economics The Princess and the Three Knights play a large factor in invention he emphasizes that the visionary and spiritual aspects can be just as motivating The creation of clocks as symbols for cosmology and the study of flight based on optimistic dreams demonstrate that innovation can come from a visionary mind based on the desire torogress This oint is a welcome addition although emphasis on the history of science would greatly bolster his argument The book s brevity is a continual roblem Pacey s arguments are interesting yet he spends far too little time developing them and the result is a tiny book that is forced to leave out key moments in the history of technology such as electricity or the space race The book is also oorly organized and would greatly benefit from introductory and concluding sections to contextualize and ease the flow of introductory and concluding sections to contextualize and ease the flow of not only for the work as a whole but for individual chaptersOverall Pacey s emphasis on local adaptation his success in creating a truly world history as opposed to a West centric one and his concept of the global technological dialectic are welcome ideas that create a useful lens for viewing the history of world technology Although far too brief to be a definitive guide to the subject the book serves as a solid introduction for further research. Ld civilization He ortrays the rocess as a complex dialectic by which inventions borrowed from one culture are adopted to suit anothe. Rms in different areas Whether in textiles gun manufacturing or shipbuilding the adoption of new technology almost always goes through a Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) process First imitation of the new technology and eventually adaptation to local conditions combination with known localractices and innovation into new applications Use of Damascus Steel for gun barrels and Portuguese innovations in sail designs are examples of such localized "INNOVATIONSPACEY ALSO EMPHASIZES THAT A CULTURE MUST HAVE STRUCTURES "also emphasizes that a culture must have structures Christianity place that facilitate new technology in order for it to thrive For example many historians have viewed the Meiji Restoration in Japan as a case of direct transfer of Western technology Pacey instead argues that before the restoration Japan had maintained interest in modern technology and was developing their own techniues Thus Japan working with French sourcesossessed their first operational steamship before the restoration took Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, place Theresence of textile and agricultural systems in the country allowed it to industrialize rapidlyThe looming uestion in many histories allowed it to industrialize rapidlyThe looming uestion in many histories technology is the degree to which Western countries were advanced than the rest of the world and why Pacey asserts that the advantage of the West was the result of three industrial movements First Europe did not begin with advanced technology in relation to China but Alice-Miranda at Camp possessed an unusually open attitude to ideas from elsewhere and a vigorous technological dialogue Secondly the West introduced systems of organization culminating in efficient factory systems The third. Hrough the computer In this very different book Arnold Pacey takes a global viewlacing the development of technology suarely in a wor. This book is a failed "Attempt At Pluralism In The luralism in the of technology Despite its best efforts it remains Eurocentric and betrays the author s deep seated bias Very out dated thinking A succinct overview of the spread and development of technology in the world starting roughly in the 1000 AD The book is focused mainly on the technological dialogue between different cultures and adaptation of foreign technology to local needsOne detail which I find very interesting is that Europeans were much mechanically oriented than AsiansIndians This shows in the different treatment of clocks and attention to the details of Wilderness Survival Handbook produced mechanisms Histories of technology can easily fall into a trap of trumpeting a steady linear advance of new inventions as they spread across the globe Arnold Pacey avoids this generalization and takes great effort to avoid a Euro centric approach Technology in World Civilization instead emphasizes that technologies rarely transfer directly to other cultures in their original form Rather technological advance emerges from a dialectic a global dialogue where ideas are combined rearranged and adapted to local conditions and techniues Beginning in roughly the year 1000 Pacey examines iron smelting and firearms in China the Mongol use of stirrups and irrigation systems across the globe emphasizing that various cultures used technology specifically designed for their local environmental and social conditions This is evident in the various adaptations of the spinning wheel which took different fo. Most general histories of technology are Eurocentrist focusing on a main line of Western technology that stretches from the Greeks is

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