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|Título:||DISTANCE AS AN INCONVENIENT FACTOR IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE JESUITS IN CHINA (17TH / 18TH CENTURY)|
history of science
17th and 18th century
|Editorial:||Universidade Nova de Lisboa|
|Descripción:||Distance was a key element in the existential situation of the European Jesuits in China in the 17th-18th century. In addition to the linguistic and cultural distance they had to overcome, we will reflect here especially on the geographical distance (with consequences in terms of time and money), as a contribution to the historical research on the scientific communication from Europe to China, more precisely on the basis of a selection of contemporary testimonia. Therefore, I focus on three precise questions: (1) how seriously the geographical distance did affect a smooth communication of Western scientific innovations (through mail and books) to China; (2) which initiatives the Jesuits took to counter these problems of communication and to optimize the conditions for an adequate supply of books and information from Europe (by organizing a network of control in via; looking for sponsoring; ratio- nalizing their demands; etc.); (3) and how efficient these initiatives were, especially measured from the time lapse between a books publication date in Europe, the date of shipping to China and its first mention there (in the best conditions from ca. 3 years in the early 17th to less than 12 months in the 18th cent.).|
|Aparece en las Colecciones:||Bulletin of Portuguese - Japanese Studies|
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