A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

by Benjamin A. Elman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674023064

ISBN-13: 9780674023062

Pub. Date: 10/15/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant

Overview

Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674023062
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Conventions xi

Chinese Dynasties xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Jesuit Legacy 15

2 Recovering the Chinese Classics 36

3 The Rise of Imperial Chinese Manufacturing and Trade 68

4 Science and the Protestant Mission 100

5 From Textbooks to Darwin: Modern Science Arrives 132

6 Government Arsenals Spur New Technologies 158

7 The Displacement of Traditional Chinese Science and Medicine 198

Appendixes

1 Tang Mathematical Classics 229

2 "Science Outline Series," 1882-1898 232

3 Table of Contents for the 1886 Primers for Science Studies 234

4 Twenty-three Fields of the Sciences in the 1886 Primers for Science Studies 235

5 Some Officially Selected Chinese Prize Essay Topics from the Shanghai Polytechnic 237

6 Some Translations of Chemistry, 1855-1873 239

7 Partial Chronological List of Arsenals, etc., in China, 1861-1892 240

Notes 243

Acknowledgments 285

Index 287

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