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

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

Paperback Critical Issues in World and International History

By (author) D. E. Mungello

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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0742557987
  • ISBN 13: 9780742557987
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,027,749

Product description

A fourth edition of this book is now available. For the Chinese, the 2008 Beijing Olympics were far more than a sports event. They were 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 1500-1800 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 third edition retains the clear and concise quality of its predecessors, while adding striking illustrations and new scholarship on female infanticide in China and the sometimes tragic stories of Chinese visitors to eighteenth-century Europe. Drawing on the author's decades of research and teaching, this compelling book illustrates the vital importance of history to readers trying to understand today's world.

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D. E. Mungello is professor of history at Baylor University.

Review quote

Mungello successfully introduces, in a general historical overview, the idea of mutual influence and outlines the confrontation between Christianity and Chinese culture... What Mungello demonstrates, by linking different aspects of intellectual frameworks and of material cultures, is that the narrative of the exchange cannot be limited to a history of evangelical or commercial persuasion, or to a fictitious history of emotions, but has to expand to the selling of ideas, manifested in tangible objects, representations and rituals within a specific geographical area. European History Quarterly

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Historical Overview Chapter 2: Chinese Acceptance of Western Culture and Christianity Chapter 3: Chinese Rejection of Western Culture and Christianity Chapter 4: European Acceptance of Chinese Culture and Confucianism Chapter 5: European Rejection of Chinese Culture and Confucianism