The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-11-02
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
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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.

Author Biography

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 Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Historical Overviewp. 1
China's Return to Greatnessp. 1
Sinocentrismp. 3
Foreign Tradep. 5
Mutual Influence between China and the Westp. 8
Chinese Acceptance of Western Culture and Christianityp. 15
Jesuit Accommodationp. 15
Jesuit Conversions of the Literatip. 19
Christianity as a Subversive Sectp. 24
Chinese Rites Controversy from the Chinese Perspectivep. 27
The Closing of Chinese Minds (ca. 1644)p. 31
Chinese Reaction to European Technology and Artp. 39
Chinese Rejection of Western Culture and Christianityp. 53
The Basis of Anti-Christian Feeling in Chinap. 53
Chinese Anti-Christian Movementsp. 61
European Art at the Chinese Courtp. 67
European Art among the Chinese Literati-Paintersp. 72
The Grand Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuanp. 80
European Acceptance of Chinese Culture and Confucianismp. 91
Early Chinese Visitors to Europep. 91
Chinese Rites Controversy from the European Perspectivep. 95
The Proto-Sinologistsp. 98
China Popularizers in Europep. 104
Leibniz, Bouvet, and Figurismp. 108
The European View of the Literati Tradition: Confucianism versus Neo-Confucianismp. 114
Influence of Chinese Art upon European Artistsp. 116
European Rejection of Chinese Culture and Confucianismp. 123
Father Ripa's Boysp. 123
The Sad Story of Lucio Wup. 129
The Enlightenment's Idealization of China's Morality and Political Systemp. 135
Enlightenment Sinophilia and Sinophobiap. 138
How the Chinese Changed from White to Yellowp. 141
Female Infanticidep. 144
The British Embassy to Beijing (1792-1794)p. 150
The Dutch Embassy to Beijing (1794-1795)p. 157
Conclusionp. 159
Indexp. 165
About the Authorp. 177
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