A nationwide conversion to science and technology took place in dramatic fashion from to , marking another critical step in China's search for modernity. In contrast, the acceptance of Christianity proceeded slowly, for it was the technological aspects of British culture that impressed the Chinese most.
Science remained a symbol of modernity in China throughout the twentieth century. English literature was another significant cultural influence. Writers such as Xu Zhimo, Zhu Guangqian, and Xiao Qian were so fascinated by English literature that they began to appropriate European romantic and spiritual elements and incorporate them in their writings. There was a noticeable difference between Chinese merchants and Chinese nationalists in their responses to the British form of governance.
Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: War, Trade, Science and Governance
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Brand new Book. Chinese encounters with the British were more than merely those between two great powers. There was the larger canvas of the Empire and Commonwealth where the two peoples traded and interacted. In China, officials and merchants had to place the British beside other enterprising foreign peoples who were equally intent on influencing developments there.
There were also Chinese who encountered the British in personal ways, and individual British who ventured into a 'vast unknown' with its deep history. Wang Gungwu's book, based on lectures linking China and the Chinese with imperial Britain, examines the possibilities in, as well as the limits of, their encounters. It takes the story beyond the cliches of opium, fighting, and the diplomatic skills needed to fend off rivals and enemies, and probes some areas of more intimate encounters, not least the beginnings of a wider English-speaking future. Seller Inventory AAA Book Description Cambridge University Press , Wang Gungwu.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title Based on Wang Gungwu's series of Smuts Commonwealth Lectures , this study examines the relationship between China and imperial Britain beyond the cliches of opium and fighting.