The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500d1800

The Great Encounter of China and the West d For the Chinese the Beijing Olympics were far than a sports event They were part of an ongoing effort to restore China s past greatness and remove the lingering memories of history s humiliation

  • Title: The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500d1800
  • Author: David E. Mungello
  • ISBN: 9780742538153
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • For the Chinese, the 2008 Beijing Olympics were far than a sports event They were 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 widely viewed as a leading world culture and power Europe, by conFor the Chinese, the 2008 Beijing Olympics were far than a sports event They were 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 widely 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 relevance for today than the recent past This fully revised third edition retains the clear and concise quality of its predecessors, while adding striking illustrations and new scholarship on female infanticide in China and the sometimes tragic stories of Chinese visitors to eighteenth century Europe Drawing on the author s decades of research and teaching, this compelling book illustrates the vital importance of history to readers trying to understand today s world.

    One thought on “The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500d1800”

    1. The first two parts of this book look at China’s acceptance and then rejection of the West. Mungello uses “the West” here to describe Europe and cites how in China this was frequently how Europe was referred to. While giving a good overview of the events and conflicts between the two cultures I have a few small criticisms about this part of the book. Firstly he focuses nearly all his attention on China’s acceptance or rejection of Christianity. He interprets the view as almost entirely t [...]

    2. Much has been written about the stormy history of China and the West, but mostly about later events such as the Opium War and the Boxer Rebellion. This book treats an earlier period, where attitudes of the attitudes of both sides were more fluid and mixed. Here are some of the things that happened in that period.The Jesuits went to China to convert the Chinese to Christianity. The Jesuits, being the educated elite of clergy, concentrated on influencing the educated elite of China, the literati, [...]

    3. I assigned this to students in the first half of my World History since 1500 course. It provided students with an opportunity to recalibrate their perspectives on China and the West, especially since Mungello explicitly makes the point at the beginning of the book that his intention is to provide historical context as China regains parity with the West during the 21st century. Since it required students to understand what was happening on either side of the Eurasian landmass during the three cen [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *