Technology in World Civilization
A Thousand-Year History
250 pp., 6 x 9 in, 43 b&w illus.
- Published: June 18, 1990
- Published: July 1, 1991
Most general histories of technology are Eurocentrist, focusing on a main line of Western technology that stretches from the Greeks is through the computer. In this very different book, Arnold Pacey takes a global view, placing the development of technology squarely in a "world civilization." He portrays the process as a complex dialectic by which inventions borrowed from one culture are adopted to suit another.
A brilliant book...[Pacey] presents numerous expertly told, but brief, historical examples—many involving non-Western history—that demonstrate the subtlety, richness, and ultimate technological importance of an authentic dialogue.
James R. Hansen
Science Books & Films