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Writing the History of the GlobalChallenges for the Twenty-First Century$
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Maxine Berg

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265321

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265321.001.0001

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Technology and innovation in global history and in the history of the global

Technology and innovation in global history and in the history of the global

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(p.147) 10 Technology and innovation in global history and in the history of the global
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Writing the History of the Global
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Dagmar Schäfer

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265321.003.0010

The Chinese of the Ming/Qing dynasties took a distinctive approach to technology and innovation. The Chinese assigned a place and function to technologies and their products in statecraft, public life, and scholarly achievements. Ming connoisseurs valued craftsmanship, and porcelain and silk were used to negotiate political control and economic interests. But free markets emerged for these products of craftsmanship. This chapter charts how products were marketed, and how original designs and techniques were claimed and marked by their craftsmen.

Keywords:   Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, Chinese craftsmanship, technologies, statecraft, public life, connoisseurs, porcelain, silk, original designs

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