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Southeast Asian History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

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We are proud to present the next issue of Technology and Culture, the leading journal in the history of technology; it draws on scholarship in diverse disciplines to publish insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists.

April 2022, Volume 63, No. 2


Special Issue, Industry in Common: Thinking Globally with Modern Japan 

The Global Industrial Now | Aleksandra KOBIJLSKI

Energy Workarounds: Designing Coals for the Japanese Steel Industry, 1895–1911 | Aleksandra KOBILJSKI

A Tale of Two Mills: Socio-Technological Integration in Meiji Japan, 1868–1912 | David WITTNER

Widespread Enthusiasm: Grassroots Participation and Regional Variation in Early Japanese Patenting, 1885-99 | Asuka IMAIZUMI

When Energy Efficiency Begets Pollution: Fuel Conservation in Japan’s Steel Industry, 1945–60 | Satoru KOBORI

Lost Rivers: Tokyo’s Sewage Problem in the High-Growth Period, 1953–73 | Shinichiro NAKAMURA, Taikan OKI, Shinjiro KANAE


On The Cover

Glamorized Exploitation: Visual Images of Meiji-period “Factory Girls” (jokō) | Jennifer Robertson


Public History

How Curators and Archivists Responded to the Pandemic| The Editors

Creating an Online Community: Corona in the City | Interview with Annemarie de Wildt and Errol Boon

Reaching Out: How the Pandemic Impacted Knowledge Production and Dissemination in India | Saurav Kumar Rai

Beyond the Museum Walls: The Pandemic and the Prototype Exhibit at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers | Catherine Cuenca

Collecting Middle-Class Memories? The Pandemic, Technology, and Crowdsourced Archives  | Tizian Zumthurm and Stefan Krebs


Organizational Notes

The Soul of Technology | Art Molella

SHOT Awards


Book Reviews

Review of Economics and Engineering: Institutions, Practices, and Cultures edited by Pedro Garcia Duarte and Yann Giraud | Matthew Wisnioski

Review of Communist Pigs: An Animal History of East Germany’s Rise and Fall by Thomas Fleischman | Tatsuya Mitsuda

Review of Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal: Setting the Standards for Disability in the Interwar Period by Coreen McGuire | Bess Williamson

Review of Builders of the Third Reich: The Organisation Todt and Nazi Forced Labour by Charles Dick | Thomas Zeller

Review of Penser la technique autrement, XVIe-XXIe siècle. Hommage à l’œuvre d’Hélène Vérin [New ways of thinking about technology, 16th – 21st centuries] edited by Robert Carvais, Anne-Françoise Garçon, and André Grelon | Valérie Nègre

Review of Mining Language: Racial Thinking, Indigenous Knowledge, and Colonial Metallurgy in the Early Modern Iberian World by Allison Margaret Bigelow | Helge Wendt

Review of Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Seeing, Thinking, Writing by Jonathan Potter | Jennifer Tucker

Review of Storia Culturale del Made in Italy [The cultural history of “Made in Italy”] by Carlo Marco Belfanti | Mattia Bertocco

Review of Krakow: An Ecobiography edited by Adam Izdebski and Rafał Szmytka | William C. Barnett

Review of Acque di Terraferma: il Padovano [Inland Waters: The Padua Province] edited by Lucia Masotti | Roberta Biasillo

Review of Gone to Ground: A History of Environment and Infrastructure in Dar es Salaam by Emily Brownell | Michael Degani

Review of The Contamination of the Earth. A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age by François Jarrige and Thomas le Roux and translated by Janice Egan and Michael Egan |  Harry Lintsen

Review of Atomgeschäfte. Die Nuklearexportpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1970–1979 [Nuclear deals: The nuclear export policy of the Federal Republic of Germany 19701979] by Daniel Romberg | Astrid Mignon Kirchhof

Review of The Wretched Atom: America's Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology by Jacob Darwin Hamblin | Jason Krupar

Review of Let There Be Light: Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Electricity in Colonial Bengal, 18801945 by Suvobrata Sarkar | Jonas van der Straeten

Review of Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence by Jacqueline H. Wolf | Beth Robertson

Review of Ciencia en transición. El lastre franquista ante el reto de la modernización [Science in transition. The Francoist burden and modernization’s challenge] edited by Lorenzo Delgado and Santiago M. López | Lino Camprubí

Review of Del noventayochismo al desarrollismo. Técnica e ingeniería en España VIII  [From 1898 to Franco's developmentalism: Technology and engineering in Spain VIII] edited by Manuel Silva Suárez | Santiago M. López

Review of Versagtes Vertrauen:  Wissenschaftler der DDR im Visier der Staatssicherheit [Betrayed trust: GDR scientists as targets of state security] by Reinhard Buthmann | Kristie Macrakis

Review of Sovereign Skies: The Origins of American Civil Aviation Policy by Sean Seyer | F. Robert van der Linden

Review of Reluctant Power: Networks, Corporations, and the Struggle for Global Governance in the Early 20th Century by Rita Zajácz | Huub Wijfjes

Review of Electrical Palestine: Capital and Technology from Empire to Nation by Frederick Meiton | Xiaoyue Li

Review of Le Canon au Moyen Age et à La Renaissance, 13381559 [The cannon from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, 1338-1559] by Emmanuel De Crouy-Chanel | Danielle Arribet-Deroin

Review of Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II by David A. Taylor | Brian E. Crim

Review of The Soviet Union’s Agricultural Biowarfare Programme by Anthony Rimmington | Miriam F. Lipton

Review of The Science of Useful Nature in Central America. Landscapes, Networks and Practical Enlightenment, 1784–1838 by Sophie Brockmann | Miruna Achim

Review of Underground: The Secret Life of Videocassettes in Iran by Blake Atwood | Kaveh Askari

Review of Engineering Hollywood: Technology, Technicians, and the Science of Building the Studio System by Luci Marzola | Talia Shabtay

Review of Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire by Bruce J. Hunt | Andrea Giuntini

Review of The History of the International Telecommunication Union: Transnational Techno-Diplomacy from the Telegraph to the Internet edited by Gabriele Balbi and Andreas Fickers | Sarah Nelson

Review of A New History of Modern Computing by Thomas Haigh and Paul E. Ceruzzi | Martina Heßler

Review of A Transnational History of the Internet in Central America, 1985–2000: Networks, Integration, and Development by Ignacio Siles | Fabian Prieto-Ñañez

Review of Civil Aviation and the Globalization of the Cold War by Peter Svik | Janet Bednarek

Review of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad by Manu Karuka | Justin Shapiro

Review of The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City by Juan Du | Susanne Stein

Review of The Fishmeal Revolution: The Industrialization of the Humboldt Current by Kristin A. Wintersteen | Kellen Backer

Review of Des nations, des firmes et des montres. Histoire globale de l’industrie horlogère de 1850 à nos jours [Countries, companies, and watches : A global history of the watch industry from 1850 to today] by Pierre-Yves Donzé |  Pierre Judet

Review of That High Design of Purest Gold: A Critical History of the Pharmaceutical Industry, 18802020 by Graham Dutfield | Toine Pieters

Review of Kalkstein als ‘Kritischer’ Rohstoff: Eine Stoffgeschichte der Industrialisierung, 18401930 [Limestone as a ‘critical’ raw material: A material history of industrialization, 18401930] by Sebastian Haumann | Frank Veraart

Review of Development History of Ancient Chinese Glass Technology edited by Fuxi Gan and translated by Hong Li and Lisong Hou | Yimin Yang

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