By Catherine Jami, Engelfriet, Gregory Blue
This can be the 1st accomplished paintings on one of many key figures in early Chinese-Western family. Xu Guangqi used to be one of many first promoters of Western technology in China, labored including the Jesuit Matteo Ricci on translations of Western technological know-how, was once one of many first chinese language converts, a high-ranking statesman, organizer of an immense calendar reform, brought Western guns into the chinese language military, and so on. and so forth. His astonishingly multifarious actions at the moment are for the 1st time pieced jointly inside of their (Chinese and Western) social, highbrow and cultural context. the result's a composite profile of this complicated determine that's solidly anchored in chinese language (and Western) basic assets a huge achievement.\
Catherine Jami, Ph.D. (1985, Université de Paris XIII), is Chargée de Recherche on the Centre nationwide de los angeles Recherche Scientifique (Paris). She works at the historical past of chinese language arithmetic and astronomy and has released greatly at the reception of eu technological know-how in China throughout the Ming and early Qing.
Peter Engelfriet, Ph.D. (1996, college of Leiden), focuses on chinese language spiritual and clinical heritage, together with fairly the early Jesuit project to China. His courses comprise Euclid in China (Brill, 1998) and associated Faiths (Brill, 2000), a festschrift honouring Kristofer Schipper.
Gregory Blue, Ph.D. (1989, college of Cambridge), teaches historical past on the college of Victoria (BC, Canada). His learn makes a speciality of the historical past of Sino-Western family and on Western interpretations of chinese language heritage and society.
All these attracted to chinese language historical past, China-Europe interactions, background of technological know-how, heritage of Christian missions, highbrow and cultural history.
'...a bird’s eye view of Himalayan languages and language communities…a basic resource for a lot new, hitherto unpublished info on numerous languages.’
Laurie M. Selters, Linguistics and Language habit Abstracts, 2002.
'The quantity turns into a regular reference paintings for vital advancements within the highbrow background of past due Imperial China.’
Ina Asim, East Asian technology, know-how and improvement, 2003.