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The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800 (Critical Issues in World and International History) 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 1442219750
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PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS In this admirable introduction to the great period of China's interactions with the West, D. E. Mungello condenses a lifetime of study into a concise and accessible form. Especially valuable are his analyses of mutual artisticinfluences, of theories of language and race, and of the internal rivalries that split both Chinese intellectuals and the Catholic Church....--Jonathan Spence, Yale University

PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS I was impressed with the author's erudition and facile writing. The book is scholarly, clear and interesting a marvelous achievement that makes it ideal for my students.--Anthony P. DiPerna, Molloy College

PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS Mungello, one of the world's leading authorities on early modern Sino-Western cultural relations, draws on his own lifelong research and mature interpretive views as well as the work of other scholars to provide us with a concise but rich analysis.--Daniel H. Bays, University of Kansas

PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS Mungello's book presents a lucid, concise, and absorbing account of the first great intellectual encounter between China and Europe, which is both fully accessible to the general reader and challenging to specialists. Not only is it the best available synthetic treatment of this large and important subject, but it also covers facets of the great encounter that are often neglected, such as the aesthetic.--John Henderson, Louisiana State University

PRAISE FOR EARLIER EDITIONS No one is more qualified to deal with the Encounter of China and the West from 1500 to 1800 than D. E. Mungello, who has devoted a lifetime to its study and indeed has long since established himself as the prime leader in Sino-Western studies in America.--Wm. Theodore de Bary, Columbia University

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

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

  • Series: Critical Issues in World and International History
  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 4 edition (November 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442219750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442219755
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,824,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a theology student, this book was extremely insightful to the beginnings of Christianity in China. This is an informative read for any missionary.
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I read this book as part of my East Asian History and Culture course I was required to take as a part of my college's core curriculum. That said, it was still very enjoyable to read, informative, and well-organized. I will keep this one on my shelf.
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Very enriching book. But the book adheres to old standard of understanding of China. It considers China after Ming and Qing as close-minded, and considered Chinese in late 16th century to be a people of ethnocentrism. His views are challenged by other scholars, such as the book "China's last empire". Anyway, the book itself offers very good evidence about the Jesuits in and European perspective on China, but keep in mind that his ideas risked to be accused as "eurocentric". His idea that China was close-minded and as a self-oriented country lacked sufficient evidence, and is outdated by books such as "Sextant of Beijing".
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