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The Production and Circulation of Manuscripts and Printed Books in China Compared to Europe, ca. 581-1840

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    Literature dealing with the history of Chinese printed books and printing is voluminous. Yet studies of how knowledge in general and utilitarian forms of knowledge in particular were generated, accumulated and circulated by printed books and their relationship with the long-term socio-economic transformation of China are rare. This paper aims to open up the subject by examining long-term trends in the production of manuscripts and books and focussing on connections between the generation and dissemination of useful knowledge in China and the production and circulation of printed books over the centuries and dynasties from circa 581 to 1840 compared to Europe. It connects trends in this indicator for knowledge formation and diffusion to economic growth, urbanisation, changes in higher forms of education, the rise of literacy, the development of printing technologies, and changes in perceptions of the natural world. It concludes that human capital formation in China probably proceeded at a slower rate, which is relevant for narratives of the .divergence├┐ between China and Europe.

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    Paper provided by TUT Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance in its series The Other Canon Foundation and Tallinn University of Technology Working Papers in Technology Governance and Economic Dynamics with number 53.

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    Length: 44 pages
    Date of creation: Jul 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:tth:wpaper:53

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