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Technical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan

Erich Pauer Russelle Meade

224 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Drawing on the papers presented at CEEJA’s* first international conference addressing the long-neglected field relating to the generation, dissemination and application of technical knowledge in Japan from the Edo to the Meiji periods, this volume provides a valuable selection of new research on the subject, from Hashimoto Takehiko’s detailed examination of Tanaka Hisashige’s ‘Myriad Year Clock’, Regine Mathias’s paper on mining and smelting, and Erich Pauer’s overview of Japanese technical books in the pre-modern era, to Suzuki Jun’s detailed account of boiler-making in late nineteenth-century Japan. * Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace, 2017
Author Bio
Erich PAUER is Professor emeritus at the University of Marburg, Germany. Born 1943 in Vienna he majored in Japanese studies at the University of Vienna (PhD, 1972). After his post-doctoral research at the University of To-kyo- he took up a lectureship at the University of Vienna in 1974 and later moved to the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1977. He became full professor at the University of Marburg in 1987, where he established the Centre for Japanese Studies. He retired from this university in 2008. His main interests lay in the field of history of technology in Japan in early-modern period and the period of Japan’s industrialization, and Japanese economic history. He also published on GermanJapanese relations in pre-war Japan.