Publication: Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia by V. Seow

Newly released in the field of Energy History and Extractive Industry.  

Carbon Technocracy charts how modern states became embroiled in such projects of intensive energy extraction, driven as they were by concerns over economic growth, resource scarcity, and national autarky. It follows the experiences of Chinese and Japanese bureaucrats and planners, geologists and mining engineers, and labor contractors and miners to uncover the deep links between the raw materiality of the coal face and the corridors of power in Tokyo, Nanjing, Beijing, and beyond.

Victor Seow is Assistant Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. He specializes in China and Japan in the long twentieth century and in histories of energy and work.

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