China in Germany

  • Jack Barbalet


Even before Max Weber began writing The Religion of China in 1913, China had a real presence in German culture and society. This chapter shows that not only did German philosophers, from Leibniz to Hegel, write about China and that German art and culture were influenced by ‘Chinoiserie’, but more importantly that German missionaries, politicians advocating imperialism, and capitalists who practiced it, all brought China into the consciousness of Germans, including Weber’s, by directly engaging their spiritual and material interests. The chapter goes on to examine the character of Weber’s scholarly approach to China, including his misstatements of Confucius and his revisions of the Protestant ethic argument when applying it to China.


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  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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