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From The Register of Ancients to Befriend to Brief Biographies of Notables Worldwide: A Study of Late Qing Biographical Dictionaries

  • Xia XiaohongEmail author
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Part of the Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context book series (TRANSCULT)

Abstract

The dissemination of Western learning during the late Qing not only brought specific scientific knowledge to China it also introduced reference books that collected the knowledge of different disciplines. This prompted a transformation of category-books, leishu 類書, into encyclopaedic works and dictionaries. The resultant changes in the structure of contemporary Chinese knowledge systems offer an attractive subject for study. This chapter, while limiting itself to examining the editing and translating of late-Qing world biographical dictionaries, offers a glimpse of the whole picture through this specific example.

Keywords

Combine Register Ming Dynasty Yuan Dynasty Correct Register Biographical Dictionary 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peking UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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