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Introduction

The Digital Library of Western Knowledge in Late Imperial China is a searchable electronic repository of Chinese texts introducing or discussing European and Japanese science and thought in nineteenth and early twentieth-century China. The purpose of this site is to document scientific, philosophical and political works produced by Chinese, Western and Japanese authors and translators in late Qing China. Except for some more accessible materials, the bulk of these early products of transcultural interaction in and around China has largely been neglected by librarians and researchers alike. By successively adding materials to our library, we hope to facilitate further studies of this foundational period of scientific and cultural exchange.

Where to go from here?

  • To search our library, follow this link.
  • A list of all texts so far included in our library is here.
  • Links to some related sites of interest are here. (in preparation)
  • A Chinese version of this introduction is here. (in preparation)

People involved

The texts assembled at this site were jointly selected, compiled and revised by Shen Guowei and Keiichi Uchida of the Institute for Oriental and Occidental Cultures at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan, and Iwo Amelung and Joachim Kurtz of the Department of Middle Eastern and Far Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Additional materials were supplied by Xiong Yuezhi of the Institute for History, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Search functions were implemented by Roland Winkler of Sinolog Ltd., Munich.


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Last modified: August 1, 2002 by Joachim Kurtz