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China through European eyes : 800 years of cultural and intellectual encounter

China through European eyes : 800 years of cultural and intellectual encounter / Kerry Brown and Gemma Chenger Deng, King's College London, UK.
London ; Hackensack, New Jersey : World Scientific, [2022]
Physical Description
xxxii, 237 pages ; 24 cm
"China Through European Eyes provides a reader's perspective on the conceptualisation of China by Europeans over the last 800 years. With annotated excerpts of their key China related writings by influential figures such as Voltaire, Matteo Ricci, Leibniz, Montesquieu, Marx, Weber, Hegel, Barthes and Kristeva, this collection brings together the visions and ideas of individuals who had a unique impact upon European culture. The views within range wildly as the authors wrestle with what sense to make of China's cultural and social difference to their lives in the West, conceptualising China as a place of threat, otherness, exoticism, but also inspiration. This important selection allows for comparison of perspectives across different times in Europe, allowing readers to map out continuities and evolutions of attitudes towards China. It shows that contemporary European attitudes towards China have deep roots. With an extensive introduction, full bibliography and widespread annotations on original texts, this book will be of interest to anyone engaged with the role of China in the world today, particularly those interested in how the crucial relationship between China and Europe developed over time"-- Provided by publisher.
Added to Catalog
September 12, 2022
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-225) and index.
In the Khan's palaces : Marco Polo
The China of the imagination : Samuel Purchas
Jesuitical encounters : Matteo Ricci
Confucian civility : Gottfried Leibniz
Admiring the east : Voltaire
Despotic empire : Montesquieu
The Macartney expedition, 1792-1794 : John Barrow
Historic dialectics : Georg Hegel
Imperial sympathy : Karl Marx
Encounters in the edges : Évariste Régis Huc
What do Chinese believe? : Max Weber
Problematising China : Bertrand Russell
Chinese wisdom for modern Europeans : Carl Jung
Socialist solidarity : Simone de Beauvoir
Feminine China : Julia Kristeva
Fellow traveller : Roland Barthes.

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