Journals Higher Education

$58.00

Paperback

10 March 1988

416 Pages | 4 maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195051162


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The Tentacles of Progress

Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940

Daniel R. Headrick

This penetrating examination of a paradox of colonial rule shows how the massive transfers of technology--including equipment, techniques, and experts--from the European imperial powers to their colonies in Asia and Africa resulted not in industrialization but in underdevelopment. Examining the most important technologies--shipping and railways, telegraphs and wireless, urban water supply and sewage disposal, economic botany and plantation agriculture, irrigation, and mining and metallurgy--Headrick provides a new perspective on colonial economic history and reopens the debate on the roots of Asian and African underdevelopment.

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