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China in European encyclopaedias, 1700-1850 [electronic resource] /
by Georg Lehner.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011.
xviii, 402 p. ; 25 cm.
9004201505 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004201507 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2011.
9004201505 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004201507 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-396) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Georg Lehner, Ph.D. (1995) in History, University of Vienna, Austria, teaches Modern History at the University of Vienna. His research and publications focus on the history of Sino-Western relations and on European conceptions of China.
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This book shows how knowledge about China became part of European general knowledge. It examines English, French and German encyclopedias published between 1700 and 1850 and explores the use and presentation of information on China in works of general knowledge.
Description for Reader
All those interested in intellectual history, in the history of general knowledge, and in the history of European conceptions of China.
Main Description
This book shows how knowledge about China became part of European general knowledge. It examines English, French, and German encyclopaedias published between 1700 and 1850 and explores the use and presentation of information on China in works of general knowledge. The first chapters explore the origins of early European perceptions of China until 1850, the development of European encyclopaedias, and the sources used for entries on China. The second major part of the book examines the ways in which encyclopaedias presented information on things Chinese (geography, government, economy, history, language and literature, arts and sciences) and how this information was shaped, expanded, perpetuated, revised, and updated.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Backgrounds of Knowledgep. 1
Analyzing European Discourse(s) on Chinap. 1
Interactions between Europe and Chinap. 8
Ordering Knowledge on Non-European Regionsp. 15
Exploring the History of EncyclopaediasùCurrent Trendsp. 32
Encyclopaedias in Cross-cultural Perspectivep. 39
European Encyclopaedias, 1700-1850p. 50
Formations of Knowledgep. 67
Knowledge from China: Chinese Sources for European Encyclopaediasp. 67
European Sources on Chinap. 73
Disseminating China: The Role of the European Republic of Lettersp. 96
On the Authors of Entries on 'China'p. 100
Canonizing Chinap. 105
Describing China: Structures of Entries on 'China'p. 105
Updating Information on Chinap. 117
Visualizing China: Knowledge in Plates, Diagrams and Tablesp. 119
Explaining China: Comparisons with Europe and Other Parts of the Worldp. 125
Simplifying China: The Dissemination of Stereotypesp. 130
Geographyp. 143
Denning China: What's in a Name?p. 143
Extent, Boundaries and Political Geographyp. 148
Natural Resourcesp. 154
China's Position in the Worldp. 158
Population and Societyp. 165
Origin of the Chinesep. 165
Chinese Societyp. 174
Material Culturep. 185
Government, Politics and Economyp. 195
The Administration of Chinap. 195
The Laws of Chinap. 209
The Armed Forces of the Qing Empirep. 212
Revenue and Moneyp. 214
Sino-Western Trade Relationsp. 217
Historyp. 229
Classifying the Chinese Pastp. 229
Chinese Chronology as a Challenge to European Scholarshipp. 236
Encyclopaedic Visions of the Chinese Pastp. 239
Ever-changing Contemporaries of China: Two Centuries of Latest Eventsp. 245
Chinese Personal Namesp. 250
Historiography in Chinap. 252
Assessing the History of Chinap. 253
Language and Literaturep. 259
Language and Writingp. 259
Chinese Literaturep. 279
Philosophy and Religionp. 291
Chinese Philosophyp. 291
Popular Religionp. 295
Confucianism and the 'Ancient Religion' of the Chinesep. 301
Buddhismp. 304
Daoismp. 307
Christianityp. 310
Muslims and Jewsp. 317
Arts, Sciences, and Technologiesp. 321
Natural Sciences: Astronomy and Mathematicsp. 321
Chinese Medicinep. 327
Architecture and Horticulturep. 331
Painting and Sculpturep. 341
Musicp. 343
Agriculturep. 346
Chinese Inventionsp. 348
Conclusionp. 355
Bibliographyp. 365
Encyclopaediasp. 365
Englishp. 365
Frenchp. 366
Germanp. 367
Other works citedp. 368
Indexp. 397
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