The Rise of Printing in China and its Impact on the West
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The Evolution of Printing
Chinese Book Culture
The Spread of Printing Technology
This paper examines the evolution of printing in China and the overall impact that it had on Europe as it migrated westward.
Several topics are addressed in this paper and include the initial origins of printing in Tang China (618 – 906); the full
emergence of Chinese book culture during the Sung dynasty (960 – 1279); the gradual spread of printing technology westward
and the possible reasons for this migration; the arrival of printing in Medieval Europe; and the resulting impact that printing had upon
western culture and society. The final conclusion reached is that China and printing technology had a profound impact upon
the west from the rise of European nationalism to the spread of Galileo Galilee's (1564 – 1642) revolutionary ideas in astronomy.
This paper was originally written for LIS 586: History of the Book, a course offered by the
School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. It has been made
into a web document to fulfill the requirements of LIS 600: Capping Exercise.
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