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Western learning under the new dynasty (1644–1666)

Catherine Jami

in The Emperor's New Mathematics

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199601400
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601400.003.0003
Western learning under the new dynasty (1644–1666)

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This chapter covers the first two decades of Qing rule (1644–64): by presenting the result of the Jesuits' work on the calendar to the Manchus. Johann Adam Schall von Bell provided the latter with an important token of legitimacy, while making a niche for himself in the Chinese civil service. Schall's directorship of the Astronomical Bureau, however, gave rise to multiple conflicts; these eventually led to his impeachment, to his condemnation and to that of some of his collaborators, and to the proscription of almost all missionaries.

Keywords: Qing dynasty; Jesuits; calendar; Manchus; Johann Adam Schall von Bell; Astronomical Bureau

Chapter.  8278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Mathematics

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