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A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

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  • Benjamin A Elman
  • Harvard University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780674030428
  • 8.1 X 5.4 X 0.9 inches
  • 0.9 pounds
  • Science > History
  • English
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Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context for both general students of modern science and specialists of China.
A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

Author Bio

Benjamin Elman (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1980) is Professor of East Asian Studies and History with his primary department in East Asian Studies.

His teaching and research fields include:

1) Chinese intellectual and cultural history, 1000-1900; 
2) history of science in China, 1600-1930; 
3) history of education in late imperial China; 
4) Sino-Japanese cultural history, 1600-1850. 
His publications include:

From Philosophy To Philology (1984, 1990, 2001); 
Classicism, Politics, and Kinship (1990); 
A Cultural History of Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China (2000). 
He has recently completed two book projects: On Their Own Terms: Science in China, 1550-1900 (2005), and A Cultural History of Modern Science in Late Imperial China (2006).

A new work entitled Meritocracy and Civil Examinations in Late Imperial China (HUP) appeared in Fall 2013.

I also edited several volumes from conferences held at Princeton under the auspices of PIIRS, EAP, and the Mellon Foundation on "Science in Republican China" (Brill 2014), "Languages, Literacies, and Vernaculars in Early Modern East Asia" (Brill 2015), and "Medical Classics and Medical Philology in East Asian, 1400-1900" (Brill 2016).

During my leave, I visited archives in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.  

For my leave in AY17, I have continued working on a new project entitled "The Intellectual Impact of Late Imperial Chinese Classicism, Medicine, and Science in Tokugawa Japan, 1700-1850," under the auspices of summer research grants from my Mellon Foundation Career Service Award (2011-2017).

 

Source: Princeton University Department of East Asian Studies 

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