Empires on the Move

Empires on the Move

Empires on the Move is an attempt to explore real and imaginary encounters with China from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Articles mirror the wide variety of approaches of the Middle Kingdom and its ever-growing importance in the Western imagination. From the early days of merchants and missionaries to modern coastal defence policies, contributors to this volume examine diplomatic, scientific, commercial, politic, and artistic interactions between two major cultural ensembles – i.e. China and Western Europe. Each article is an attempt at understanding how discourses on China and, conversely, Chinese discourses on Europe, while positing the other as a cause for concern or, alternately, as an ideal civilizational model, contributed to expand our horizons of knowledge and durably shape our views on the world.




Introduction : La marche des empires. Rencontres et rendez-vous manqués entre la Chine et l’Occident

François Lachaud & Dejanirah Couto


Imperial Reflections: China, Rome and the Spatial Logics of History in the Ásia of João de Barros

Zoltán Biedermann


Iberian Impressions of the Manchu Conquest of China

Rui Manuel Loureiro


Chinese Wisdom, Chinese Barbarity: Images of China in Europe 1580–1800

Ronnie Po-chia Hsia


Raisonnables chevaux et ignobles brutes : Gulliver en Extrême-Orient

François Lachaud


Clash or Understanding between Empires? The Strategic Vision of Hilário de Santa Rosa, Bishop of Macao (1739–1752)

Jorge Santos Alves


Les Européens dans les mers de Chine.

Le rôle d’informateurs des Fujianais (xvie-xviiie siècles)

Paola Calanca


Hokkien Sangleys, Pirates and Mandarins: The Early Encounters between Ming China and Castilians in the Philippines

James K. Chin


Connections and Economic Relationships: Portuguese Global and Intra-Asian Maritime Commerce and Qing China’s Economy, ca. 1771 – ca. 1842

George Bryan Souza


Rethinking Exchange and Empires: From the Mediterranean Idea to Seventeenth-Century Macao and Fort Zeelandia

Roderich Ptak


Getting Ready for the China Mission: The Language Training of the Macanese Jesuits (16th–17th Centuries)

Isabel Murta Pina


“God Is in the Details”: Manuel Dias’ Tianwenlüe [Epitome of Questions on the Heavens] and the Scientific Strategies of the Jesuit Mission to China in the Early Seventeenth Century

Rui Magone


« Dessins » et « desseins » : techniques d’impression chez Matteo Ripa et édition impériale en Chine (xviiie siècle)

Michela Bussotti


« Le moyen d’apprendre en Europe des Chinois mêmes ce que c’est que la Chine. » L’impact des premières traductions du chinois publiées en France (xviie-xviiie siècles)

Isabelle Landry-Deron


Un empire en marche contre la secte des Européens ? La politique des Qing face au catholicisme dans la première moitié du xixe siècle

Pierre-Emmanuel Roux




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