The difficulty surrounding historical studies of modern science in Asia, especially in East Asia, induces an impulse to describe modern science in Asia more simply than it actually was. In the nineteenth century, modern science began to be introduced actively to East Asia. So then, how should its historical environment be visualized? How can the framework of the nation-state be positioned in that context? The edited volume Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Imperial Japan adopts the word empire in its challenging attempt to answer these questions. In an era when Japan was expanding and becoming an empire, how did people in East Asia face science and technology of Western origin? How was it adapted and institutionalized? And how was the remnant that could not be included within science and technology extracted socially? All these questions are examined...
Teikoku Nihon no kagaku sisou-shi 帝国日本の科学思想史 [Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Imperial Japan]
Nobuhiro Yamane is a part-time lecturer at Waseda University, Japan, where he lectures on the history of social scientific thought at the School of Human Sciences and on regional studies about modernizing Japan at the School of Political Science and Economics. He has been working on research into modernizing transportation and communication systems to evaluate the influence on East Asia of science and technology originating from the West during the Edo and Meiji periods. He has recently been working on social infrastructure studies, investigating experiences of East Asian modernization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the viewpoint of sociological studies on development history.
Nobuhiro Yamane; Teikoku Nihon no kagaku sisou-shi 帝国日本の科学思想史 [Essays on the History of Scientific Thought in Imperial Japan]. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 September 2020; 14 (3): 547–551. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-8698725
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