China and Maritime Europe, 1500–1800: Trade, Settlement, Diplomacy, and Missions

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 31, 2010 - History
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China and Maritime Europe, 1500–1800 looks at early modern China in some of its most complicated and intriguing relations with a world of increasing global interconnection. New World silver, Chinese tea, Jesuit astronomers at the Chinese court, and merchants and marauders of all kinds play important roles here. Although pieces of these stories have been told before, these chapters provide the fullest and clearest available summaries, based on sources in Chinese and in European languages, making this information accessible to students and scholars interested in the growing connections among continents and civilizations in the early modern period.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Maritime Europe and the Ming
24
2 Learning from Heaven
78
3 Catholic Missions and the Expansion of Christianity 16441800
135
4 Trade and Diplomacy with Maritime Europe 1644c 1800
183
Bibliography
255
Index
287
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John E. Wills, Jr, is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of many books, articles and chapters on China.

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