Reflections on the Transmission and Transformation of Technologies: Agriculture, Printing and Gunpowder between East and West

  • Christopher CullenEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 275)


This paper considers three major areas of technological innovation – agriculture, gunpowder weapons, and printing – in the light of broad comparisons between China in the Tang to Yuan periods, and Western Europe in the late middle ages and early modern period. Through a discussion of the social and political effects of these innovations, the paper opens the question of how far it is useful to attempt to discuss technology in purely technical terms, and whether it is meaningful to speak of any technology outside its concrete social context.


Industrial Revolution Military Family Eleventh Century Book Production Movable Type 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Needham Research InstituteCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Darwin CollegeCambridgeUK

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