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Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context for both general students of modern science and specialists of China.

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In A Cultural History of Modern Science in China, Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom.

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Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context for both general students of modern science and specialists of China.

About the Author

Benjamin A. Elman is Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Professor of East Asian Studies and History, and Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University.

Princeton University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Conventions

Chinese Dynasties

Introduction

1. The Jesuit Legacy

2. Recovering the Chinese Classics

3. The Rise of Imperial Chinese Manufacturing and Trade

4. Science and the Protestant Mission

5. From Textbooks to Darwin: Modern Science Arrives

6. Government Arsenals Spur New Technologies

7. The Displacement of Traditional Chinese Science and Medicine

Appendixes:

1. Tang Mathematical Classics

2. "Science Outline Series," 1882-1898

3. Table of Contents for the 1886 Primers for Science Studies

4. Twenty-three Fields of the Sciences in the 1886 Primers for Science Studies

5. Some Officially Selected Chinese Prize Essay Topics from the Shanghai Polytechnic

6. Some Translations of Chemistry, 1855-1873

7. Partial Chronological List of Arsenals, etc., in China, 1861-1892

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674030428
Author:
Elman, Benjamin A.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
HISTORY / Asia/China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Series Volume:
15
Publication Date:
April 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 3 line illustrations, 6 map
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In A Cultural History of Modern Science in China, Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom.
"Synopsis" by , Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context for both general students of modern science and specialists of China.
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