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Commandeering Staff And Proclaiming Precision, Ca. 273–274

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Xun Xus career was notorious in great part because of his antiquarian quests. This chapter present Li Chunfengs favorable judgment of Xun, which was based on Lis direct and indirect use of material evidence. Metrology and its physical settings have a worldwide history as old as both Sumer and the Shang. The chapter briefly frames the background of metrology. After that, it looks at the way Xun Xu perceived truth through metrology, as it were. The fact that Chinese scholar-officials of about 100300 AD knew of and participated in such arts, along with their general connection to archeology, historiography, and institutions, can be of some interest to historians in general, and more specially to the history of premodern sciences on a worldwide basis.

Keywords: antiquarian quests; Li Chunfeng; metrology; Xun Xu



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