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Canonizing China

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Extent and boundaries of China have been described by Europeans since their 'rediscovery' of the East Asian Empire in the sixteenth century. Early modern European reports on the geography of China usually treated the physical geography of the country following the administrative division. At that time, the territorial expansion of Qing China that that taken place in the eighteenth century was taken into account in works of general knowledge. From then on, most entries of encyclopaedias analyzed for this study began to distinguish between the ancient and the then present extent of China and the Chinese Empire. Although reliable and/or exact data on the economic state and on the natural resources of China were not available to Europeans in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the presentation of information on this subject changed considerably.

Keywords:China; encyclopaedias; Europeans



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