Skip to main content

Black History Month: Select Books 30% Off

Harvard University Press - home
A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

A Cultural History of Modern Science in China

Benjamin A. Elman

ISBN 9780674030428

Publication date: 04/20/2009

Historians of science and Sinologists have long needed a unified narrative to describe the Chinese development of modern science, medicine, and technology since 1600. They welcomed the appearance in 2005 of Benjamin Elman's masterwork, On Their Own Terms. Now Elman has retold the story of the Jesuit impact on late imperial China, circa 1600-1800, and the Protestant era in early modern China from the 1840s to 1900 in a concise and accessible form ideal for the classroom. This coherent account of the emergence of modern science in China places that emergence in historical context for both general students of modern science and specialists of China.

Praise

  • Elman shows that progress in Chinese science continued after 1600, as it absorbed new ideas from the West, and, for him, China's nineteenth-century failure to respond adequately to Western incursions has been exaggerated...[A Cultural History of Modern Science in China] offer[s] a new and important perspective on Sino-European interaction.

    —Delia Davin, Times Literary Supplement

Author

  • Benjamin A. Elman is Gordon Wu ’58 Professor of Chinese Studies at Princeton University.

Book Details

  • 336 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

From this author

Recommendations