China in European encyclopaedias, 1700-1850 by Georg Lehner

By Georg Lehner

This e-book indicates how wisdom approximately China turned a part of eu common wisdom. It examines English, French, and German encyclopaedias released among 1700 and 1850 and explores the use and presentation of data on China in works of basic wisdom. the 1st chapters discover the origins of early ecu perceptions of China until eventually 1850, the improvement of ecu encyclopaedias, and the resources used for entries on China. the second one significant a part of the booklet examines the ways that encyclopaedias provided details on issues chinese language (geography, govt, economic climate, historical past, language and literature, arts and sciences) and the way this knowledge used to be formed, increased, perpetuated, revised, and up-to-date.

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In his Cosmographicus Liber (1524) he made a clear distinction between the genres of cosmography (astronomy), geography (description of the world), and topography or chorography (description of clearly defined areas). ”44 Sixteenth century ‘cosmographies’ relied on medieval sources for their description of Central and East Asia. e. ‘book of the world’, 1534) by Sebastian Franck (c. 45 The gradual change of sources used for information on East Asia becomes obvious from the editions of the Cosmographia.

1919), 89 (B[erthold] L[aufer]). , China-Handbuch (Düsseldorf: Bertelsmann Universitätsverlag, 1974). , Das große China-Lexikon. Geschichte—Geographie—Gesellschaft—Politik—Wirtschaft—Bildung— 100 32 chapter one The beginnings of the second opening of China in the late 1970s led to an increased interest in things Chinese. 108 The structure of entries in these works was obviously influenced by the structures laid out in general reference works. Although Asia was subject of these reference works, their structure followed the well-established model of European reference works.

257 (no. ” backgrounds of knowledge 31 Mémoires may serve as a kind of guide or inventory to European knowledge of China. 99 The nineteenth century saw the publication of alphabetically arranged reference works on East Asia. 101 In 1878, Herbert A. 104 The end of Western influence in China did not mark the end of this kind of Western reference works exclusively dealing with that country. 106 99 Landry-Deron, La preuve par la Chine, 44. , 4 vols. (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1885). vol. 1, pp. 683–696.

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