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Welcome to my website! My name is Victor Seow, and I am a historian of technology, science, and industry, who specializes in China and Japan and in histories of energy and work.

I wrote a book, Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021), which uses the history of East Asia's onetime largest coal mine to explore questions about the relationship between energy and power in the industrial modern age.

At present, I am working on another book that examines how work functions as an object of scientific inquiry through the history of industrial psychology in China.


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To Pick Up a Copy of Carbon Technocracy 


Carbon Technocracy is available directly from the University of Chicago Press. Please enter promo code CARBONTECH at checkout to get it for $28 (a 30% discount).
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You can also find it in many brick-and-mortar bookstores and on online book retailers.

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If you pick up a copy or recommend that your library does so, thank you. I am truly grateful for your interest in my work.