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The history of engineering in China can be divided into four phases. The first phase (1870-1919) was largely influenced by the confrontation with the superior military technology of the Western colonial powers. As early as 1862, the Qing government responded to the technological challenge of the West by founding schools whose task it was to train both personnel and translators to translate relevant materials in different areas of military technology. The first Chinese technical school modeled on…

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Schnell, Welf H., “Engineering”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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