Abstract

Recently, scholars attempting "China-centered" perspectives of the Qing dynasty's nineteenth-century effort at "self-strengthening" have asserted both a greater capacity for Confucianism to support modernization than previously supposed and a considerable amount of Chinese rather than Western agency in originating such efforts. This essay traces a distinct current in the writing of the self-strengtheners, which sees the marriage of Confucianism and Western technology as powerfully transformatory, leading not just to a revivified China, but also to a China that extended its commercial and cultural influence deep into the West.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-8050
Print ISSN
1045-6007
Pages
pp. 135-156
Launched on MUSE
2005-02-24
Open Access
No
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