Diffusion of movable type in China and Europe: Why were there two fates?

  title={Diffusion of movable type in China and Europe: Why were there two fates?},
  author={Zhou He},
  pages={153 - 173}
  • Zhou He
  • Published 1 June 1994
  • Economics
  • Gazette
This paper examines the different diffusion patterns of movable type in China and Europe by using a synthetic framework that investigates these factors: 1) motives of the early inventors; 2) characteristics and motives of the early adopters; 3) technological differences; and 4) cultural, economic and social environment. After examining a wide range of secondary evidence, it concludes that although personal motives and technological differences did play an important role in the initial diffusion… 


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