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Empires of CoalFueling China's Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920$
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Shellen Xiao Wu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780804792844

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804792844.001.0001

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Engineers as the Agents of Science and Empire, 1886–1914

Engineers as the Agents of Science and Empire, 1886–1914

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Empires of Coal

Shellen Xiao Wu

Stanford University Press

Chapter Four examines the large-scale modern enterprises opened in the interior by the Chinese themselves, including influential government figures such as Li Hongzhang and Zhang Zhidong. This chapter focuses on the people who made possible the expansion of the first modern Chinese industries while also promoting European influence on China’s future development-engineers who carried their skills from technical schools and mining academies in Europe to the far reaches of empire. The German engineers who began working for Chinese industries transitioned easily when Germany acquired a leasehold in Shandong province in 1898.

Keywords:   German imperialism, industrialization, Hanyeping, Hanyang Iron Foundries, Pingxiang Coalmines, Gustav Leinung, engineers, technocracy, Sheng Xuanhuai

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