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Embassies to China

Diplomacy and Cultural Encounters Before the Opium Wars

Authors: Keevak, Michael

  • Provides a comparative study of five Western embassies to China between the 13th and 18th centuries
  • Offers key insights into the development of global modernity through Europe’s early encounter with China
  • Focuses on the five key concepts of peace, empire, trade, religion, and diplomacy in the Europe-China encounter
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This text is a timely and wide-ranging study providing essential background to the development of global modernity through the European encounter with China. Considering differing notions of peace, empire, trade, religion, and diplomacy as touchstones in the relations between China and Europe on mutuality, the book examines five encounters with France, Portugal, Holland, the pope, and Russia between 1248 and 1720, and reflects on concepts that the West took for granted but which did not successfully cross over into the Chinese world. This cutting edge text provides key insights into the cultural and political conflict which lay at the heart of early Chinese-European relations, as the West's understanding of the truth and appropriateness of its cultural norms was confronted by China's norms and beliefs.

About the authors

Michael Keevak is Professor of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University, where he has taught since 1993. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking (2011), winner of the Academia Sinica Book Award in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2013.

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Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3972-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-981-10-3971-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Embassies to China
Book Subtitle
Diplomacy and Cultural Encounters Before the Opium Wars
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-3972-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-3972-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-3971-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 162
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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