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The Tentacles of Progress

Technology Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940

The Tentacles of Progress by Daniel R. Headrick
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This penetrating examination of a paradox of colonial rule shows how the massive transfers of technology--including equipment, techniques, and experts--from the European imperial powers to their colonies in Asia and Africa resulted not in industrialization but in underdevelopment. Examining the most important technologies--shipping and railways, telegraphs and wireless, urban water supply and sewage disposal, economic botany and plantation agriculture, irrigation, and mining and metallurgy--Headrick provides a new perspective on colonial economic history and reopens the debate on the roots of Asian and African underdevelopment.
Oxford University Press; March 1988
416 pages; ISBN 9780198021780
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Title: The Tentacles of Progress
Author: Daniel R. Headrick
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