This is often the 1st accomplished paintings on one of many key figures in early Chinese-Western kin. Xu Guangqi used to be one of many first promoters of Western technological know-how in China, labored including the Jesuit Matteo Ricci on translations of Western technology, was once one of many first chinese language converts, a high-ranking statesman, organizer of an important calendar reform, brought Western guns into the chinese language military, and so on. and so forth. His astonishingly multifarious actions at the moment are for the 1st time pieced jointly inside their (Chinese and Western) social, highbrow and cultural context. the result's a composite profile of this complicated determine that's solidly anchored in chinese language (and Western) fundamental resources a tremendous fulfillment.
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