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Science and Civilisation in China

Science and Civilisation in China

Volume 6. Biology and Biological Technology

Part 3. Agro-Industries and Forestry

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  • Date Published: June 1996
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521419994

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  • Volume VI Part 3 of Science and Civilisation in China contains two separate works. The first, by Christian Daniels, is a comprehensive history of Chinese sugarcane technology from ancient times to the early twentieth century. Dr. Daniels includes an account of the contribution of Chinese techniques and machinery to the development of world sugar technology in the premodern period, devoting special attention to the transfer of this technology to the countries of Southeast and East Asia in the period after the sixteenth century. The second, by Nicholas K. Menzies, is a history of forestry in China. Dr. Menzies identifies a tradition of forest management that can be traced to the earliest Chinese written records, and describes methods of silviculture, and the major timber species used in Chinese forestry. A final section compares China's history of deforestation with the cases of Europe and Japan. Each of these works will interest scholars of Chinese science, culture, and ancient agriculture as well as historians of science.

    • High reputation of Science and Civilisation in China
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    "...valuable not only as a historical treatment; it contains a good description of the principal forest zones past and present,it identifies and discusses at length the principal forest species, and it provides information on a variety of related matters." Charles A. Peterson, Isis

    "[An] astonishing and enduring study...[Needham brings] depth of emotion and technical finesse to his task."
    Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books

    "Perhaps the greatest single act of historical synthesis and intercultural communication ever attempted by one man."
    Laurence Picken, Cambridge University

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    • Date Published: June 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521419994
    • length: 770 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 196 x 46 mm
    • weight: 1.612kg
    • contains: 6 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Joseph Needham
    Section 42a: Agro-Industries: Sugar Cane Technology: (a) Introduction: general characteristics of agro-industries in China
    (b) Sugar cane and sugar: consumption and production in China
    (c) Sugar cane clones, species and origins
    (d) Sugar cane agriculture
    (e) Cane sugar manufacture
    (f) Transfer of Chinese sugar-making technology to East and South-East Asia
    (g) Epilogue and overview
    Bibliographies. Section 42b: Forestry: (a) Introduction
    (b) Taxonomy and identification of major forestry species
    (c) Silviculture and forest management
    (d) Harvesting and transport
    (e) Premonitions of ecology
    (f) Forestry in Chinese society
    Bibliography
    General index.

  • Authors

    Joseph Needham, University of Cambridge

    Christian Daniels, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

    Nicholas K. Menzies, Ford Foundation, Beijing

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