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This book is a project in comparative history, but along two distinct axes, one historical and the other historiographical. Its purpose is to constructively juxtapose the early modern European and Chinese approaches to historical study that have been called "antiquarian." As an exercise in historical recovery, the essays in this volume amass new information about the range of antiquarian-type scholarship on the past, on nature, and on peoples undertaken at either end of the Eurasian landmass between 1500 and 1800. As a historiographical project, the book challenges the received---and often very much under conceptualized---use of the term "antiquarian" in both European and Chinese contexts. Readers will not only learn more about the range of European and Chinese scholarship on the past---and especially the material past---but they will also be able to integrate some of the historiographical observations and corrections into new ways of conceiving of the history of historical scholarship in Europe since the Renaissance, and to reflect on the impact of these European terms on Chinese approaches to the Chinese past. This comparison is a two-way street, with the European tradition clarified by knowledge of Chinese practices, and Chinese approaches better understood when placed alongside the European ones.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-xii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part 1: Antiquarianism and the Study of the Past
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. One: Writing Antiquarianism: Prolegomenon to a History - Peter N. Miller
  2. pp. 27-57
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  1. Two: The Many Dimensions of the Antiquary’s Practice
  2. pp. 58-80
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  1. Three: Far and Away? Japan, China, and Egypt, and the Ruins of Ancient Rome in Justus Lipsius’s Intellectual Journey
  2. pp. 81-102
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  1. Four: Comparing Antiquarianisms: A View from Europe
  2. pp. 103-146
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  1. Part 2: Authenticity and Antiquities
  2. pp. 147-148
  1. Five: The Credulity Problem
  2. pp. 149-179
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  1. Six: Artifacts of Authentication: People Making Texts Making Things in Ming-Qing China
  2. pp. 180-204
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  1. Part 3: The Discovery of the World
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. Seven: Styles of Medical Antiquarianism
  2. pp. 207-221
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  1. Eight: Therapy and Antiquity in Late Imperial China
  2. pp. 222-233
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  1. Nine: Wang Shizhen and Li Shizhen: Archaism and Early Scientific Thought in Sixteenth-Century China
  2. pp. 234-249
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  1. Ten: The Botany of Cheng Yaotian (1725–1814): Multiple Perspectives on Plants
  2. pp. 250-262
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  1. Part 4: Antiquarianism and Ethnography
  2. pp. 263-264
  1. Eleven: The Study of Islam in Early Modern Europe: Obstacles and Missed Opportunities
  2. pp. 265-288
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  1. Twelve: Thinking About “Non-Chinese” in Ming China
  2. pp. 289-310
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  1. Part 5: Antiquarianism and a “History of Religion”
  2. pp. 311-312
  1. Thirteen: From Antiquarianism to Philosophical History: India, China, and the World History of Religion in European Thought (1600–1770)
  2. pp. 313-367
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  1. Fourteen: Whose Antiquarianism? Europe versus China in the 1701 Conflict between Bishop Maigrot and Qiu Sheng
  2. pp. 368-380
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  1. Fifteen: From Antiquarian Imagination to the Reconstruction of Institutions: Antonius van Dale on Religion
  2. pp. 381-412
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 413-414
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 415-426
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472028269
Related ISBN
9780472118182
MARC Record
OCLC
797328708
Pages
448
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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