Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge

The Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge presents the open access publication of research undertaken within the Max Planck Society and its cooperation partners. It currently comprises three subseries: Studies, Proceedings, and Textbooks. All of the publications present original scientific work submitted under the scholarly responsibility of members of the Scientific Board and their academic peers. 

The publications are directed at scholars and students in a wide range of disciplines. They are available for download in open-access digital formats (PDF files and ebooks) and as print-on-demand books. All books are published using the Creative Commons licensing model to safeguard the interests of authors in defining their own rights of use. 

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Seri-Technics: Historical Silk Technologies

Historical case studies are presented that show the diverse regional processes of silk textile production.

Dagmar Schäfer, Giorgio Riello, and Luca Molà (eds.)