Meeting Technology's Advance: Social Change In China And Zimbabwe In The Railway Age by James Zheng GaoMeeting Technology's Advance: Social Change In China And Zimbabwe In The Railway Age by James Zheng Gao

Meeting Technology's Advance: Social Change In China And Zimbabwe In The Railway Age

byJames Zheng Gao

Hardcover | October 1, 1997

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In this first comparative study of Chinese and Zimbabwean railway experiences, Gao examines the role played by technological progress in generating significant social change. His principal concern is with indigenous people whose efforts to meet this technological advance has been neglected or underestimated. Gao shows how different cultural traditions, political situations, and individual interests create an attractive variety of local responses to the challenges and opportunities afforded by technology. He not only describes the final consequences of railway development, but emphasizes the dynamic process by which indigenous people first derived, then gradually lost, most of the gains from modern transport advances. In addition, Gao explores a number of permanent impacts of railways on the two areas, including demographic and structural changes, and divisions of race and class. An intriguing study for researchers and students of imperialism, and Chinese and African history.

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Title:Meeting Technology's Advance: Social Change In China And Zimbabwe In The Railway AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 9.54 × 6.34 × 0.91 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:031330095X

ISBN - 13:9780313300950

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?[a] unique contribution to Chinese studies....This is an illuminating work which is fascinating to read. It provides many useful insights. Most importantly, as a contribution to comparative colonial studies, this book focuses on indigenous people whose efforts to meet technological advance have been neglected or underestimated.?-Journal of Contemporary China