Great Encounter of China and West, 1500-1800

Great Encounter of China and West, 1500-1800

by David E. Mungello
     
 

In the twenty-first century, China has emerged as the leading challenger to U.S. global dominance. China is often seen as a sleeping giant, emerging out of backwardness toward modernization. However, this vast country is not newly awakening, but rather returning to its previous state of world eminence. With this compelling perspective in mind, D. E. Mungello

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In the twenty-first century, China has emerged as the leading challenger to U.S. global dominance. China is often seen as a sleeping giant, emerging out of backwardness toward modernization. However, this vast country is not newly awakening, but rather returning to its previous state of world eminence. With this compelling perspective in mind, D. E. Mungello convincingly shows that contemporary relations between China and the West are far more like the 1500-1800 period than the more recent past. This fully revised third edition retains the clear and concise qualities of its predecessor, while adding striking new illustrations, incorporating significant recent scholarship, and developing important new social and cultural themes, including female infanticide and Chinese emigration to eighteenth-century Europe. Drawing from the author's decades of experience teaching world history, this book illustrates the importance of history to students and general readers trying to understand today's world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900742557986
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Maps
List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
1Historical Overview1
2Chinese Acceptance of Western Culture and Christianity11
Jesuit Accommodation
Jesuit Conversions of the Literati
Missionary Antagonism with Chinese Society
The Closing of Chinese Minds (ca. 1644)
Chinese Reaction to Christian Paintings and Engravings
3Chinese Rejection of Western Culture and Christianity37
The Basis of Anti-Christian Feeling in China
Chinese Anti-Christian Movements
European Art at the Chinese Court
European Art among the Chinese Literati-Painters
4European Acceptance of Chinese Culture and Confucianism59
Jesuit Accommodation and the Chinese Rites Controversy
The Proto-Sinologists
Leibniz, Bouvet, and Figurism
The European View of the Literati Tradition: Confucianism versus Neo-Confucianism
Influence of Chinese Art upon European Artists
5European Rejection of Chinese Culture and Confucianism83
China Popularizers in Europe
The Enlightenment's Idealization of China's Morality and Political System
Differing Views of Polyhistors and Philosophes in the Encounter with China
How the Chinese Changed from White to Yellow
The Macartney Mission to China (1792-1794)
Conclusion
Index101
About the Author113

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