Introduction: Problems and Approaches

  • Miwao Matsumoto
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In both peacetime and wartime the scientific and technological revolution in shipbuilding was important in the creation of the infrastructure of industrial society and its development. Technologically, ships seem today to have reached saturation point and are of interest only to a small circle of historians of science and technology specializing in shipbuilding. In contrast, interest in industrialization and in particular the later phase of industrialization from the end of the nineteenth century onwards is widespread among sociologists, historians of science and technology, economic historians, political scientists and scholars in many other fields. This book examines the scientific and technological revolution in shipbuilding (abbreviated to the ship revolution hereafter) at the time when the later phase of industrialization, and particularly Japan’s heavy industrialization in the late nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth, was starting. The two phenomena were profoundly related in the period this book mainly treats — from the 1880s to the 1930s. Within that period, the book focuses on the turn of the twentieth century, and the book’s points have as their general background the global competition for markets and resources that was one of the contributory causes of the First World War. The relations between the ship revolution and industrialization provide a significant prototype for the interaction of science and technology with industrial society since then.


Technology Transfer Technological Revolution Institutional Structure Industrial Society Professional Society 
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