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A Social History of the Chinese BookBooks and Literati Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Joseph P. McDermott

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097810

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097810.001.0001

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Ameliorations and a Community of Learning

Ameliorations and a Community of Learning

(p.149) 5 Ameliorations and a Community of Learning
A Social History of the Chinese Book

Joseph P. McDermott

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter concentrates on the variety of solutions that Chinese scholars devised to cope with the persistent obstacles they faced. It stresses the formation of small coteries among book collectors to share their books and on the partial fruition of certain late Ming improvements in access only during the eighteenth century. Although attention is paid primarily to the efforts of these scholars from the Song through to the Ming, a large part of the solution to their problems was achieved only outside their control, only in the Qing dynasty, and mainly in the realm of official and imperial policy towards elite culture and its artifacts. The problems of book access and borrowing were not fully solved during the eighteenth century, particularly in scholars' interactions with one another.

Keywords:   community of learning, book access, book borrowing, Chinese scholars, book collectors, Qing dynasty, culture, policy

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