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

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

Hardback Critical Issues in World and International History

By (author) D. E. Mungello

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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 1442219750
  • ISBN 13: 9781442219755
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps

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For the Chinese, the drive toward growing political and economic power is 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 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. Building 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.

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Author information

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

Review quote

PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS I am impressed with the depth of the scholarship which informs the descriptions, generalizations, and judgments presented so lucidly in the text. While its subject matter is serious and sometimes complex, it is clearly written in an engaging style and is easily understandable.--Edwin Van Kley, Calvin College

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 Conclusion