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Population And Society

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In presenting the government of China, encyclopaedias either gave ideologically coloured analyses or they provided descriptive accounts of the most important governmental authorities and agencies. Early nineteenth-century encyclopaedias usually based their information on Chinese laws and jurisdiction on Staunton's translation of the Da Qing lüli. Despite this general assessment, European encyclopaedias sometimes included an extensive presentation of Chinese military affairs. The importance of trade relations with East Asia is reflected in detailed information on the currency of the Chinese Empire and of various other places on the route to the East. Economic interests had played a key role in the European advance into Asia ever since the early sixteenth century.

Keywords:China; encyclopaedias; government

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