American Science and Modern China 1876-1936. First Edition in dustjacket, signed by author

By: BUCK, Peter

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BUCK, Peter. American Science and Modern China 1876-1936. Cambridge [et al]: Cambridge University Press, (1980). First Edition. Pp (8),vii-ix,(1),1-2 83,(9). Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "American scienceand modern China is an essay in comparative history. It focuses on the tra nsmission of scientific ideas and organizations from the United States to China, a topic interesting primarily for what it reveals about the social history of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American science. Themain themes concern how scientific traditions and institutions that were d eveloped in one setting served as models for the creation of new ones eisewnere, what modifications were induced by this change of environ- ment, and what these modifications imply about the interdependence of scientific knowledge and social life. The book deals with a number of individuals and organizations involved in the development of modern science in China-the Medical Missionary Association of China, the Rockefeller Foundation and its ChinaMedical Board, the architects of the Boxer indemnity fellowship program, a nd an association of largely American-trained Chinese scientists, the Science Society of China. Dr. Buck examines their views of science's place amongthe forces for change in China, describes their efforts to build instituti onal bases for science, and sets their plans and programs in broad social and intellectual contexts. American and American-inspired approaches to the problem of developing science in China grew out of wider patterns of conflict and consensus in American society and politics. As those patterns changed, so did the social and scientific ambitions urn Americans brought to China; thus China was affected by the nse of professionalized, specialized, andlaboratory-centered sciences allied to American state power and cor- porat e wealth. The development of those sciences determined the range of visionsof science and social change that was presented to Chinese sudents in the United States. The latter part of the study is devoted to a discussion of how these images, when taken over by Chinese scientists in the 1910s and 1920s, became the core of a distinctive but ultimately unworkable conception of the ways in which science would transform China into a modern society." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Introduction: Orienting American science. 2. Social diseases and contagious disorders: missionary science and medical missionaries : Missionary science: social influence, natural theology, and medicine; Missionary medicine: science and Christian benevolence; Missionary hospitals: order and cleanliness in unregenerate societies; Missionary medical schools: professional standards, avocational science, and a native medical fraternity; Missionary science and its social problems. 3. "To do their best for their country": the China Medical Board and the Boxer indemnity fellowship program : Corporate philanthropy and scientific medicine; Medicine in China; Checking "the downward tendencies of unregulated industrialism": the Boxer indemnity scholarships. 4. Science and revolution: China in 1911 : The Science Society of China; The ecology of scientific ambitions; Free associations and voluntary cooperation. 5. "Science as a vocation": social diversity and scientific specialties : Cornell University I: Scientific research and industrial science; Cornell University II: Professional scientists, scientific professionals, and the state; Cornell University III: Scientific knowledge and country life; China's response to the West. 6. Modernization and its discontents: the scientific method in China and America : The politics of cultural collapse; Ideology and institution building; Science andmetaphysics; Scientific methods, American industrialism, and "the last rem aining problem of civilization"; Modernization and methodology. 7. "A sphere of influence in beneficence": American science and modern China : Backwardness and dependence; Tragedy and farce. Very good in spine-sunned dustjacket with a couple of short tears. Signed with inscription by the author. 50.00

Title: American Science and Modern China 1876-1936. First Edition in dustjacket, signed by author

Author Name: BUCK, Peter

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [et al], 1980, ISBN:0521227445:

Seller ID: 110301

Keywords: SCIENCE SCHISTORY CHINESE HISTORY ASIAN AMERICAN CHINA UNITED STATES,