The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500–1800

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 16, 2009 - History - 184 pages
1 Review
A fourth edition of this book is now available.

For the Chinese, the 2008 Beijing Olympics were far more than a sports event. They were part of an ongoing effort to restore China's past greatness and remove the lingering memories of history's humiliations. This widely praised book explores the 1500–1800 period before China's decline, when the country was viewed as a leading world culture and power. Europe, by contrast, was in the early stages of emerging from provincial to international status while the United States was still an uncharted wilderness. D. E. Mungello argues that this earlier era, ironically, may contain more relevance for today than the more recent past. This fully revised third edition retains the clear and concise quality of its predecessors, while adding striking illustrations and new scholarship on female infanticide in China and the sometimes tragic stories of Chinese visitors to eighteenth-century Europe. Drawing on the author's decades of research and teaching, this compelling book illustrates the vital importance of history to readers trying to understand today's world.


What people are saying - Write a review

Review: The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500d1800

User Review  - Goodreads

Very informative but it lacked focus in some areas. Read full review


Chapter 01 Historical Overview
Chapter 02Chainese Acceptance of Western Culture and Christianity
Chapter 03 Chinese Rejection of Western Culture and Christianity
Chapter 04 European Acceptance of Chinese Culture and Confucianism
Chapter 05 European Rejection of Chinese Culture and Confucianism
About the Author

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2009)

D. E. Mungello is professor of history at Baylor University.

Bibliographic information