Accessing Technical Education in Modern Japan
Accessing Technical Education in Modern Japan
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Introduction: Books, Craftsmen, and Engineers: The Emergence of a Formalized Technical Education in a Modern Science-based Education System, by Erich Pauer

1. The Translation of Technical Manuals from Western Languages in Nineteenth-century Japan: A Visual Tour, by Ruselle Meade
2. The Translation of Western Books on Natural Science and Technology in China and Japan: Early Conceptions of Electricity, by Christine Moll-Murata
3. Creating Intellectual Space for West-East and East-East Knowledge Transfer: Global Mining Literacy and the Evolution of Textbooks on Mining in Late Qing China, 1860-1911, by Chen Hailian
4. François Léonce Verny and the Beginning of the ‘Modern’ Technical Education in Japan, by Nishiyama Takahiro
5. The Role of the Ministry of Public Works in Designing Engineering Education in Meiji Japan: Reconsidering the Foundation of the Imperial College of Engineering (Kobu-dai-gakko), by Wada Masanori
6. From Student of Confucianism to Hands-on Engineer: The Case of Ohara Junnosuke, Mining Engineer, by Erich Pauer
7. The Fall of the Imperial College of Engineering: From the Imperial College of Engineering (Kobu-dai-gakko) to the Faculty of Engineering at Imperial University, 1886, by Wada Masanori

Erich Pauer, Regine Mathias (eds)

Accessing Technical Education in Modern Japan

This collection of fourteen key papers deriving from CEEJA’s second international conference exploring the Japanese history of technology, concentrates on the routes to acquiring and transmitting technical knowledge in Japan’s modern era – from the very earliest endeavours in establishing opportunities for acquiring a technical education to the translation of foreign textbooks and manuals. Published in two volumes and thematically structured in three Parts, this wide-ranging work both complements and expands on the subject-matter contained in the first volume entitled Technical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (2020).

Erich Pauer

Erich PAUER is Professor emeritus at the University of Marburg, Germany. Born 1943 in Vienna he majored in Japanese studies at the University of Vienna (PhD, 1972). After his post-doctoral research at the University of To-kyo- he took up a lectureship at the University of Vienna in 1974 and later moved to the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1977. He became full professor at the University of Marburg in 1987, where he established the Centre for Japanese Studies. He retired from this university in 2008. His main interests lay in the field of history of technology in Japan in early-modern period and the period of Japan’s industrialization, and Japanese economic history. He also published on GermanJapanese relations in pre-war Japan.

Regine Mathias

Regine MATHIAS is Professor Emerita of Japanese History, at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She has studied Japanese History and History at the Ruhr-University Bochum and Kyu- shuUniversity and obtained her PhD from the University of Vienna with a thesis on the development of wage labor in Japanese coal mines. After her retirement from the Ruhr-University, she is currently working at the Centre Européen d’Études Japonaises d’Alsace (CEEJA). Her main field of research is Japanese social and economic history, with a focus on Japanese mining and labor history. She has published on labor in Japanese coal-mines, Japanese mining scrolls and their value as historical sources as well as on German-Japanese relations and gendered working patterns in prewar Japan.