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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262161176 | 250 pp. | 6 x 9 in | June 1990
Paperback | $26.00 Short | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262660723 | 250 pp. | 6 x 9 in | July 1991

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Technology in World Civilization

A Thousand-Year History


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.

About the Author

Arnold Pacey is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, Britain. He is the author of The Culture of Technology (MIT Press, 1983), Technology and World Civilization (MIT Press, 1991), and The Maze of Ingenuity, second edition (MIT Press, 1992).


“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