Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, by Peter N. Miller, Francois Louis

By Peter N. Miller, Francois Louis

This e-book is a undertaking in comparative heritage, yet alongside specific axes, one ancient and the opposite historiographical. Its objective is to constructively juxtapose the early smooth ecu and chinese language methods to historic research which were referred to as "antiquarian." As an workout in historic restoration, the essays during this quantity amass new information regarding the diversity of antiquarian-type scholarship at the previous, on nature, and on peoples undertaken at both finish of the Eurasian landmass among 1500 and 1800. As a historiographical undertaking, the publication demanding situations the received---and usually a great deal less than conceptualized---use of the time period "antiquarian" in either eu and chinese language contexts. Readers won't in simple terms examine extra concerning the diversity of ecu and chinese language scholarship at the past---and in particular the cloth past---but they are going to even be capable of combine many of the historiographical observations and corrections into new methods of conceiving of the background of historic scholarship in Europe because the Renaissance, and to mirror at the impression of those eu phrases on chinese language ways to the chinese language prior. This comparability is a two-way road, with the ecu culture clarified via wisdom of chinese language practices, and chinese language techniques greater understood whilst put along the ecu ones.

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47 More extensively presented in his Réponse a la critique publiée par Mr. Guillet (1679) was Spon’s answer to the person who viewed printed books as “history itself” (l’histoire mesme) and inscriptions and medals as merely “monuments which serve history” (monumens qui servent à l’histoire). ”48 In putting the difference between him and his antagonist in these terms, Spon helped articulate a major turning point in western scholarship: the idea that things—­objects, matter—­constituted the building blocks of history; that words were not the only source of truth; that narrative alone was not identical with “history” but rather an interpretation of it.

37 Stark provides a very fair, and very competent, overview of the main figures and strands in the later antiquarian tradition—­Kircher, Maffei, Writing Antiquarianism 35 the English, the French Jansenists, and the Dutch encyclopedists Graevius and Gronovius. And we must remember that much as with Momigliano four score and ten years later, there was no narrative for Stark to fall back on: it had to be pieced together through primary research. The key figure in Stark’s historical account was Peiresc.

C. , The New and the Multiple: Sung Senses of the Past (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2004); On-­cho Ng and Q. , Mirroring the Past: The Writing and Use of History in Imperial China (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005); Dieter Kuhn, Perceptions of Antiquity in Chinese Civilization (Heidelberg: Edition Forum, 2008). In the seven articles on Chinese historical scholarship in the forthcoming five-­volume Oxford History of Historical Writing, constituting almost a book within a book, one finds mention of “the archaeological interests of scholars in the Northern Song dynasty” in a single sentence.

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