An Overview on the Studies of the History of Machinery in China

  • Baichun ZhangEmail author
  • Yexin Liu
Conference paper
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 37)


The study of history of machinery conducted by Chinese scholars began in the 1920s. Xianzhou LIU and Zhenduo WANG were the main pioneers studying historical materials and making reconstruction of machinery. In the 1950s, research on the history of machinery was supported by the central government of China. Since the early 1980s, studies of the history of machinery have been restored, and have developed. From different perspectives, Chinese historians of machinery have studied the machines, the mechanical engineering and the machine-building industries, including the innovation and trans-national transfer of technology. They have also carried out research in collaboration with international communities, such as scholars from the IFToMM and other institutions. Chinese historians of machinery would continue adopting new perspectives or methodologies in the future.


Overview Chinese research History of machinery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, CASBeijingChina

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