The study of artifacts ranging from trains, ships, artillery, automobiles, small cameras, and phonographs to aircraft is a welcome addition to academia in recent years. Scholars are interested in the cross-cultural exchange of artifacts and their influence on different societies. The introduction of new types of transport, in particular, tends to bring about systemic, society-wide change. This review examines two types of intercultural communication about technological artifacts in two books. The first book, Bicycles and Modern China, authored by young Chinese historian Tao Xu, discusses the history of bicycles and their role in shaping China during its transition from a semicolonial, semifeudal state to a modern country. The second book, The Socialist People’s Car, written by Valentina Fava, takes a close look at automobiles in Czechoslovakia from 1918 to 1964, a period in which the country was emerging...
Zisingche yu jindai Zhongguo 自行车与近代中国 [Bicycles and Modern China]
The Socialist People’s Car: Automobiles, Shortages, and Consent in the Czechoslovak Road to Mass Production
Zhihui Zhang is an associate professor at the Institute for History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include the history of science and technology in modern China, especially aerospace technology and large-scale engineering projects. From 2017 to 2018, she was an International Scholar of the Society for the History of Technology.
Zhihui Zhang; Zisingche yu jindai Zhongguo 自行车与近代中国 [Bicycles and Modern China]
The Socialist People’s Car: Automobiles, Shortages, and Consent in the Czechoslovak Road to Mass Production. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 September 2019; 13 (3): 475–479. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-7498134
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