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For the Chinese, the drive toward growing political and economic power are part of an ongoing effort to restore China's past greatness and remove the lingering memories of history's humiliations. This widely praised book explores the 15001800 period before China's decline, when the country was widely viewed as a leading world culture and power. Europe, by contrast, was in the early stages of emerging from provincial to international status while the United States was still an uncharted wilderness. D. E. Mungello argues that this earlier era, ironically, may contain more relevance for today than the more recent past. This fully revised fourth edition retains the clear and concise quality of its predecessors, while drawing on a wealth of new research on Sino-Western history and the increasing contributions of Chinese historians. Drawing on the author's decades of research and teaching, this compelling book illustrates the vital importance of history to readers trying to understand China's renewed rise.
D. E. Mungello is professor of history at Baylor University.
Table of Contents
|Missionary and Trade Routes between Europe and China (1500-1800)||p. vii|
|China (1500-1800)||p. viii|
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|Historical Overview||p. 1|
|China's Return to Greatness||p. 1|
|Foreign Trade||p. 5|
|Mutual Influence between China and the West||p. 8|
|Chinese Acceptance of Western Culture and Christianity||p. 15|
|Jesuit Accommodation||p. 15|
|Jesuit Conversions of the Literati||p. 19|
|Christianity as a Subversive Sect||p. 24|
|Chinese Rites Controversy from the Chinese Perspective||p. 27|
|The Closing of Chinese Minds (ca. 1644)||p. 31|
|Chinese Reaction to European Technology and Art||p. 39|
|Chinese Rejection of Western Culture and Christianity||p. 53|
|The Basis of Anti-Christian Feeling in China||p. 53|
|Chinese Anti-Christian Movements||p. 61|
|European Art at the Chinese Court||p. 67|
|European Art among the Chinese Literati-Painters||p. 72|
|The Grand Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan||p. 80|
|European Acceptance of Chinese Culture and Confucianism||p. 91|
|Early Chinese Visitors to Europe||p. 91|
|Chinese Rites Controversy from the European Perspective||p. 95|
|The Proto-Sinologists||p. 98|
|China Popularizers in Europe||p. 104|
|Leibniz, Bouvet, and Figurism||p. 108|
|The European View of the Literati Tradition: Confucianism versus Neo-Confucianism||p. 114|
|Influence of Chinese Art upon European Artists||p. 116|
|European Rejection of Chinese Culture and Confucianism||p. 123|
|Father Ripa's Boys||p. 123|
|The Sad Story of Lucio Wu||p. 129|
|The Enlightenment's Idealization of China's Morality and Political System||p. 135|
|Enlightenment Sinophilia and Sinophobia||p. 138|
|How the Chinese Changed from White to Yellow||p. 141|
|Female Infanticide||p. 144|
|The British Embassy to Beijing (1792-1794)||p. 150|
|The Dutch Embassy to Beijing (1794-1795)||p. 157|
|About the Author||p. 177|
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