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Kao Gong Ji: A Translation and Commentary

The First Chinese Technology Encyclopaedia

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Edited by Zengjian Guan and Konrad Herrmann

In Kao Gong Ji: A Translation and Commentary, Guan Zengjian and Konrad Herrmann offer an English translation and commentary of the first technological encyclopaedia in China. This work came into being around the 5th century C.E. and contains descriptions of thirty technologies used at the time. Most prominent are bronze casting, the manufacture of carriages and weapons, a metrological standard, the making of musical instruments, and the planning of cities. The technologies, including the manufacturing process and quality assurance, are based on standardization and modularization. In several commentaries, the editors show to which degree the descriptions of Kao Gong Ji correspond to archaeological findings.

The Dialectics of Mao’s Images

Monumentalism, Circulation and Power Effects

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Pang Laikwan

Imagined Communities Divided

Reading Visual Regimes in Shanghai’s Newspaper Advertising (1860s–1910s)

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Barbara Mittler

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Christian Henriot and Wen-hsin Yeh

An Ordinary Shanghai Woman in an Extraordinary Time

A View from Post-War Popular Cinema

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Fu Poshek

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Christian Henriot and Wen-hsin Yeh

Single Women and the Men in their Lives

Zhang Ailing and Post-War Visual Images of the Big Metropolis

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Paul Pickowicz and Yap Soo Ei