The Tentacles of Progress: Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byDaniel R. Headrick

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This penetrating examination of a paradox of colonial rule shows how the massive transfers of technology--including equipment, techniques, and experts--from the European imperial powers to their colonies in Asia and Africa resulted not in industrialization but in underdevelopment. Examiningthe most important technologies--shipping and railways, telegraphs and wireless, urban water supply and sewage disposal, economic botany and plantation agriculture, irrigation, and mining and metallurgy--Headrick provides a new perspective on colonial economic history and reopens the debate on theroots of Asian and African underdevelopment.

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This penetrating examination of a paradox of colonial rule shows how the massive transfers of technology--including equipment, techniques, and experts--from the European imperial powers to their colonies in Asia and Africa resulted not in industrialization but in underdevelopment. Examiningthe most important technologies--shipping and ...

Daniel R. Headrick is at Roosevelt University, Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051165

ISBN - 13:9780195051162

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"[An] interesting and easy-to-read exploration of the 'technological context' of the final century of European rule in the tropical lands of Africa and Asia....[Headrick] has given us a stimulating book of mature and thoughtful scholarship."--Fritz Lehmann, Dalhousie University