The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (review)

The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (review) very suggestive agenda, which is yet to be fully developed. For a patient reader, the volume is suggestive precisely because it makes one think about further directions of research, such as what is the relationship of this new materiality to governance. Or, perhaps one may ask, how can the greater historical or economic forces of modernity be understood in the gradual improvement of everyday life by sciences and technologies? This is a ground where the discursive would have to meet with the practical, that is, a contested field of life and knowledge. In sum, the volume is timely, suggestive, and stimulating, and it is an interesting contribution to the ongoing conversation on China and the world. Xin Liu Xin Liu is in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Madeleine Zelin. The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. xxiv, 406 pp. Hardcover $45.00, Isbn 0­231­13596­3. It is well known that the First Industrial Revolution (1760­1830) was characterized by technological, organizational, and socioeconomic changes and spread to much of Western Europe during the first half of the nineteenth century. The Second Industrial Revolution followed (1871­1914). Not http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (review)

China Review International, Volume 14 (2) – Nov 28, 2008

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very suggestive agenda, which is yet to be fully developed. For a patient reader, the volume is suggestive precisely because it makes one think about further directions of research, such as what is the relationship of this new materiality to governance. Or, perhaps one may ask, how can the greater historical or economic forces of modernity be understood in the gradual improvement of everyday life by sciences and technologies? This is a ground where the discursive would have to meet with the practical, that is, a contested field of life and knowledge. In sum, the volume is timely, suggestive, and stimulating, and it is an interesting contribution to the ongoing conversation on China and the world. Xin Liu Xin Liu is in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. Madeleine Zelin. The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. xxiv, 406 pp. Hardcover $45.00, Isbn 0­231­13596­3. It is well known that the First Industrial Revolution (1760­1830) was characterized by technological, organizational, and socioeconomic changes and spread to much of Western Europe during the first half of the nineteenth century. The Second Industrial Revolution followed (1871­1914). Not

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