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New Book on Chinese Encyclopaedias

Sep 23, 2013

“Chinese Encyclopaedias of New Global Knowledge (1870-1930): Changing Ways of Thought” is a new book edited by Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner and Prof. Milena Doleželová-Velingerová. It is part of the Cluster’s book series “Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.

The pioneering studies collected in this book analyse Chinese encyclopaedias compiled between 1870 and 1930. At the time, few modern schools had been established in China, but modern knowledge was highly sought after; therefore encyclopaedias became vital sources of information for an entire generation. Despite their significance, these encyclopaedias were never reprinted and are often not even known to experts. This book collects the first in depth studies of Chinese encyclopaedias of modern knowledge from the period and shows that they offer an insight into the ways knowledge migrated and was ordered across cultural and linguistic borders.

The book “Chinese Encyclopaedias of New Global Knowledge (1870-1930): Changing Ways of Thought” - 472 pages - was published in 2013 by the science book publishing company Springer.

It is part of the Cluster’s book series "Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context". The series presents peer-reviewed books by members of the Cluster as well as scholars from both historical and empirical disciplines who are working on new emerging fields that cross existing disciplinary boundaries.

Prof. Milena Doleželová-Velingerová was Professor in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Toronto and a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg. Prof. Rudolf G. Wagner is senior Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg and was Director of the Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe from 2007 to 2012.

Further Information:
Book announcement by Springer 


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