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: 1,071,825

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A fourth edition of this book is now available. 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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D. E. Mungello is professor of history at Baylor University.

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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