The History of the Relations Between the Low Countries and China in the Qing Era (1644-1911)

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Willy vande Walle, NoŽl Golvers
Leuven University Press, 2003 - History - 508 pages

The relations between the Low Countries and China in the Qing era constitute a very broad topic, both in terms of time span and fields covered. Low Countries is a widely used historical and geographical term but it is a fairly loose one, with shifting territorial boundaries, denoting differing political, social and economic realities through time and space. As a result there is a considerable measure of vagueness to it. In particular, during the period under review, the countries that are usually subsumed under the term, namely Holland and Belgium, never constituted a political entity or state, except for the brief spell of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (1815-1830). China may present a clearer contour, a more coherent unity and continuity, yet that may only be due to the distant perspective, for in China too we have quite different and differing realities in the period under review.

The relationship between the Low Countries and Qing China was a checkered and complex one, different from, yet complementary to that between China and the major Western powers. For that reason alone, if not for any other, this relationship warrants to be explored and holds the promise of new insights into the history of Sino-Western relations. This collection of contributions deals with cultural contacts, acculturation and inculturation, but it does not address these issues from a unitary perspective. Each author brings his own angle and viewpoint to the whole.

 

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Contents

The Spread of Verbiests Science
37
An Evaluation of F Verbiests Account of his Journey to Manchuria
59
Antoine Thomass and George Davids Maps of Asia
75
The Role of Antoine Thomas SJ 16441709 in Determining
89
Thomas and Tournon Mission and Money
115
Fran9ois Noel SJ and the Chinese Rites Controversy
137
Deux Lazaristes originaires de la region de Chimay emissaires de Louis
167
Missionaries the Low Countries and their Dependencies as Described
205
18601919
271
The Spread of the CICM Mission in the Apostolic Vicariate of Central
301
The Most Unfruitful Mission in the World CICM Fathers Frans
325
Virgins in Central Mongolia
343
The Religious Case of Fengzhen District Reclamation and Missionary
369
Belgian Treaties with China and Japan under King Leopold I
419
A Brief
439
The BeijingHankou Railroad and Commercial Development in North
461

1644
217
18231851
235
Les etudiants chinois en Belgique de 1900 a 1940
487
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