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The Story of a Stele: China's Nestorian Monument and Its Reception in the West, 1625-1916

Michael Keevak

Abstract

Western readers have yet to come to terms with the fact that during much of history very little was ever “known” about China. There was never any lack of information from missionaries and travelers and traders. But what kind of information was it? What kind of knowledge was obtainable via the lenses of religious intolerance, colonial ambition, or Eurocentrism? Travel accounts, Jesuit letter-books, or embassy narratives can sometimes seem comparatively dispassionate, even ethnographic, but one is repeatedly struck by a remarkable vagueness when it comes to discussions of the foreign, and such d ... More

Keywords: Western readers, history, China, Nestorian monument, self-image, empire, Xi'an

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9789622098954
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098954.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Keevak, author

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