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A Social History of the Chinese Book
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A Social History of the Chinese Book: Books and Literati Culture in Late Imperial China

Joseph P. McDermott


This book introduces the history of the book in China in the late imperial period from 1000 to 1800. The book assumes little knowledge of Chinese history or culture and compares the Chinese experience with books of other civilizations, particularly the European civilization. It deals with a wide range of issues in the history of the book in China and presents analyses of the changes in Chinese woodblock bookmaking over these centuries. The book presents a view of when the printed book replaced the manuscript and what drove that substitution. It explores the distribution and marketing structure ... More

Keywords: social history, Chinese history, Chinese culture, Chinese books, China, imperial period, woodblock bookmaking, Yangzi delta, civilizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9789622097810
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622097810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph P. McDermott, author