Early Modern Classicism and Late Imperial China

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Early Modern Classicism and Late Imperial China

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Early Modern Classicism and Late Imperial China
Author: Elman, B. A.
Source: IIAS Newsletter, 43, 5 - 6 (2007)
Publisher: IIAS, Leiden
Issue Date: 2007
Keywords: History
Modernity
China
Abstract: Most historians treat late imperial China, 1400-1900, as a time of fading and decay. Indeed, viewed backwards from the Opium War (1839-1842) and Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864), events before 1800 appear to have left China unprepared for modernity. But the 17th and 18th centuries can be considered not only as a 'late imperial' prelude to the end of traditional China, but as an 'early modern' harbinger of things to come.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12781
 

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